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The Butterfly Dance

Here is some work in progress from my next book, The Butterfly Dance, which is out on March 9th.         Advertisements

Woodblock prints and kimonos ; a week in Japan.

There is a wonderful shop, Hara Shobo , in Tokyo where they deal in Ukiyo-e, woodblock prints. They were kind enough to talk for hours about the history, process and stories behind the pictures. The Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art has a big collection of prints, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum has a fascinating display of the printing process. Apart from getting slightly […]

Winnie-the-Pooh in New York, and The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

Last week I saw the real Winnie-the-Pooh with  Piglet, who is actually very small, and Tigger, Kanga and Eeyore  in the New York Public Library, where they now all live. The “Pooh dolls” as they call them have been at the library since 1987 and were a gift from Milne’s American publisher. They were on […]

Drawing cats with a feather

I am working on some illustrations with a dip pen and ink at the moment. I found some feathers on a walk today and tried to follow some instructions “how to make a quill pen from a feather”. It looked very tricky especially the hot sand part so I just cut the end off and […]