The book launch of my debut picture book took place at Daunt Books Holland Park on April the 14th and it couldn’t have been a more charming venue. A lovely traditional bookshop with a cute and well selected children’s and picture book collection.
It was a pleasure to see so many familiar and new faces and I felt very proud being able to present my book and give a reading. Thank you to all who came and joined in the fun!
Old and young enjoyed themselves on this mild evening and not many cupcakes survived. If you could not make it, here are some photos of what you have missed. There are a few signed copies of my book left at the shop and Amazon UK has finally restocked and you can order it from there or from the Child’s Play book shop. Please also if you like the book leave a review on those pages so others know a bit more about it :)
The Book Launch for “Ice in the Jungle” is this Tuesday and if you are in London that day and got a bit extra time just come along :)
Looking forward to see you!!!
Cutting out edible paper for cupcakes :)
Finally the day is here! Ice in the Jungle is now a published book! You can buy and order it in bookshops and online here http://bit.ly/18O05ix, here http://amzn.to/1yFmIlf and here http://bit.ly/1BHSsph and many other places. Or you wait and get your copy at the book launch in April in London :)
“Ice in the Jungle” will be published on the 15th of March and will be available for online order.
The Children’s Book MA Graduate show is back in town!
I have been today and just as when I had my show last year, I could feel the excitement in the air. Again I have to say, that I believe this is one of the most notable art graduation shows in London, as it shows a vast variety and diversity of talent.
Most students have put together books, but you can also see, that they are all creative in lots of other ways. Many had handmade plush toys of their characters, printed fabrics and even glazed pottery and story rings.
The stories and characters are often quite wacky and humour is all around. There are plenty emotional stories as well, which explore fears and problems faced by us all, like for example Margarita Surnaite’s beautifully illustrated book “The Lost Book”. It deals with the fear of alienation and lack of direct communication of people due to too much use of modern technology. Some are just plain fun and silly like “Cinderella’s Tiara” by Yu-Wen Huang, which made me laugh out loud, as it is about a lady gorilla who wants to win a beauty pageant.
When going to the show bring plenty of time as you will want to hop from book to book and will end up losing yourself immersed in illustrated wonderlands. Below are some photos to whet your appetite or to at least get an idea of what you are missing.
The show is open from 10am till 6pm until the 14th of February (would that be a fun location for a Valentine’s date?) at the Candid Arts Trust Gallery. To learn more about the graduates check out the official website.
A year ago I was felting in cafes, parks and even on the train to finish my felt bears for my MA Graduation show, which were going to complement my display. There I showed my illustration work and amongst others my graduate project “Ice in the Jungle”.
To my delight and indescribable excitement my book caught the eyes of the Child’s Play team, who came to have a look at the MA show.
I have now been working on it over the last year and soon it will be released! It will be out in mid-March and is already up on Amazon for preorder. How awesome is that, seeing your name there?
I am so thankful to the tutors of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration, who made this possible. Who pushed me in the right direction and inspired and helped me, to make my dream come true. I highly recommend this MA to anyone who has a serious passion for illustrating for children and for picture books in particular. You will be surrounded by like minded people, who will inspire you and make you strive and work harder every day.
And also a big thank you to the people at Child’s Play, who are very inspirational as well and who I admire for their ethics and colourful and beautiful catalogue, as well as their passion for new talent. I feel happy and proud about having my debut with Child’s Play.
Keep an eye on this blog to find out more about my book and my work, there is a lot in the pipeline. (just one word: competitions)