Tag Archives: Art

CILIP Kate Greenaway medal nominations 2017

    I am thrilled that Robin’s Winter Song has been nominated for the 2017 Kate Greenaway medal. There are so many wonderful books on the list, including lots from fellow CSA students which is great. Many thanks to librarians for the nomination! Here’s the full list The CILIP Greenaway Medal Nominations for 2107

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 […]

Paris – books, illustrators and household gloves

I went to Paris this week. I am always on the lookout for old paper so the first time I came across Au Petit Bonheur La Chance in the Marais I was lost for hours. This shop is heaven, crammed with old pencils, pens, vintage Christmas wrapping paper, and best of all, old unused exercise […]

AOI Illustration Awards at Somerset House

I went to see the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, there are some  lovely illustrations and some  fascinating ones like Mitch Miller’s dialectogram of a showman’s yard in the East End. Lesley Barnes poster for The Museum of Childhood is  beautiful and took me back to images from books I used to take […]

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 […]