Wednesday, 22 June 2011
As part of my degree I decided to write and illustrate a children's book. My brief was simply the folowing - 'Visualise the development of creativity and drawing within children.' This left my options quite wide open...
The inspiration for my book came from my initial research into children and creativity - when speaking to a social worker I discovered that 'Art Therapy' is a technique used by professionals to help children either tell their story, or relieve their emotions through art activities.
My book aims to encourage children to draw, paint, etc and escape the real world for just a short time.
Although it has been written with children with a history of abuse in mind, it can also be enjoyed by all children irrespective of background.
An assignment set at university, I had to create a backstage pass suitable for a bluegrass festival.
My finished piece is simple but effective - the design is focused around the banjo, and the strings work as both a decorative feature and a practical one as they loop around to create a neck tie.
I was recently asked to illustrate a poem written by a local author, as a contribution towards an anthology based on my hometown of Blackburn that will hopefully be published this summer.
The poem itself is about an encounter with a drunk in the library, so I felt that a collage of book pages, covers and library stamps worked well to suit the theme.