Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Iwona Chmielewska V


I was incredibly shocked this weekend to find myself at an event in Edinburgh with Iwona Chmielewska, whose work I have featured on this blog many times.
I had booked a ticket knowing I was going to see a lecture on Polish childrens illustration, but I had no idea that one of my heros was going to be speaking.
Iwona spoke about her books, showing us how she uses the 'architecture' of the book and plays with images on the page, using the gutter and the way the pages fold and close and suggesting a transparency of the paper. Introducing us to new books and explaining imagery from books that I was already familiar with.


Iwona Chmielewska explained that she writes books not because they are commissioned but because she has to and that sometimes these books 'haunt her' and stay with her for a long time.

Her most recent creation more so than usual, as she had fought with herself as to whether or not she had the right to create it. "Until the Sky Does Cry" (Dopóki niebo nie płacze) consists of sixteen paintings by the artist using imagery from a collection of  2,700 glass negatives that were found in a townhouse in Lublin. These photographs show many of the Jewish inhabitants of Lubin before the second world war destroyed their lives and have been attributed to the photographer Abram Zylberberg.


"First I saw hundreds of portraits - miraculously found in Lublin, a treasure." The inhabitants of the Jewish quarter, for so many years concealed, gave us present glances from times when they did not feel the fate that awaited them. Still safe, surrounded by close, full of noble focus people, they asked to be revived and add their colors ...     Iwona Chmielewska

The images were created using elements of these photographs form a story about the Jewish inhabitants of Lublin (whose lives were to be so brutally broken by the war) gently reimagined without that horror, but also in the shadow of it. Iwona has reached through time and through her drawings tried to rewrite the lives of these people eradicating the horror and reimagining lives of gentle beauty.
In the book Iwona's drawing are accompanied by selected poems for children by Józef Czechowicz (1903-1939).





Below is one of the images used for the book and its new imagining by Iwona.



Monday, 16 October 2017

Sonia Alins


Sonia Alins uses collage and illustration to create many water focused images. This lady gently swimming on her back is so relaxing and after weeks of non stop work I am looking forward to a week as tranquil as this.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Katie Vernon I



American illustrator Katie Vernon's childhood stamp collection has been reincarnated as some interesting illustrations that could inspire many different stories.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Anna Pirolli


Sometimes I will be looking through someones portfolio and it is full of very accomplished illustrations but just one stands out. Anna Pirolli has a beautiful portfolio, but I adore this goat, its expression, its heavy bell, the adjustments and the colours.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sophie Page II


Sophie Page's work is rooted in a love of nature and countryside. Her drawings draw upon this love and experience and are full of gentle observations and love.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christopher Corr I




Christopher Corr's beautiful end papers from his new book; 'The Great Race' the story of Chinese Zodiac which is published in January. I can't wait to see the rest of this book.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Yuuka Miyajima II


Here is a wall of images from Yuuka Miyajima's studio showing the scale and compulsive painting of this artist on any scraps of card or paper. I love the textures and compositions particulary when you see a whole collection together. However there is a great sadness to these works when you look through the portfolio, carried by the hue and expressions of the menagerie portrayed.





Sunday, 8 October 2017

Yuuka Miyajima I


Japanese artist illustrator and ceramicist Yuuka  Miyajima works on crumpled, torn papers, and squeezes huge characters into the picture frame.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Miroco Machiko VII


Miroco Machiko's latest works are so 'full' they squeeze into the picture frame, a rich eye dance of colour, texture and unique beauty.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Anna Hoyle I






Anna Hoyle is an illustrator based in Melbourne Australia who makes fantastic, funny imaginary book covers in a wonderful retro style, I love them.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Jess Racklyeft




Jess Racklyeft has been compulsively making 'fluff headed' or cloud headed characters for the past few weeks, I can see why.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Adam Kilian





Polish artist and puppeteer Adam Kilian's (1923-2016) wonderful woodcut illustrations of 'The Wizard of Oz'. Adam studied architecture in Nottingham 1944-48, before returning to Poland to become a managing director and set designer for the Idle Dreams Theatre, a theatre established by his mother. His full and creative life encompassed illustrating many books,  graphic design and television productions, as well as being creative director of numerous theatres. Adam Kilian had a love of traditional folk art and colour and this is clear in his creative output across all the genre's in which he practiced.