This summer I spent 5 weeks indulging in a fabulous online course called PaperLove run by paper artist Rachel Hazell – “The Travelling Bookbinder” and Do What You Love.
I got so inspired by all things papery, learnt so much and had a fantastic time. After the course, I gave an interview to the team about my experience and a little of the history of my own paper passion – you can read it here.
Determined to spread the love, next week I will deliver a whole days worth of papery workshops to each class (from reception to year 6) at my local school.
They are taking part in the National Gallery’s “Take One Picture” scheme and will be looking at a painting called “Beach Scene” by Degas. So we will base our paper making craft around this and while the infants will make their very own seaside bunting, the older children will make unique “holiday journals” using found paper, like these I created on the course.
I can’t wait and hope the children will come away with a whole new perspective on that often overlooked, but absolutely essential thing that is PAPER!
Whenever I complete a map for the lovely CN Traveller Magazine, I always end up feeling like I’ve somehow “been” to the place in question…
Maybe it’s the beautiful photos that accompany the piece, maybe it’s the re-interpreting of the geographical map of the place, or maybe it’s just that I like to immerse myself so completely in the feel of the area conjured by the writing – whatever it is it’s a great feeling and I hope it shows in the final illustration!
Here’s my latest, due out in next month’s issue.
For the first edition of Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare, I was asked to create a pen and ink drawing for the front cover, I also created an author portrait in the same vein.
I was then asked to contribute many more illustrations for The Illustrated Edition.