Apr 5, 2019

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2019

We just came back from a wonderful and inspiring trip to the Bologna Children's Book Fair. It was my second time and again I did like every minute of it! Such a great event!

One of the many hightligts was receiving a printed version of the catalogue 'Your own voice' an illustration class with Javier Zabala, including one of my works:



Bologna is beautiful. Also by night. We arrived at Sunday In the evening one of the streets was filled with enlighted poetry. I love the italian language. This part means: -  to be here -  in this moment ...



I also really love the colors of Bologna. By day ánd by night!




In the morning we walked from our piccolo appartment to the Fair. About half an hour. We enjoyed the sunshine and again the beautiful warm colors and all the arches.




We also visted some interesting lectures. There is so much to see and listen to. A real illustrator's paradise! I also had some very nice meetings with publishers and  illustrator friends.




The Illustrator's exhibition was  nice and inspiring this year. Of course I did buy a catalogue of it.




And one of the hightlights was a meeting one of my favorite illustrators: Kveta Pacovska.




When we came on the Fair on Wednesday morning she was there to sign her new book. No row yet, so I almost was the first one :-)




I felt a bit  like a lucky little girl to meet Kveta in person. Such a wonderful and kind lady. And a great artist!




I'm really thankful for this moment!




I also loved the visual identity of the fair this year.





And of course we did enjoy the italian food, wine and ice-creams a lot!!!




In the city of Bologna there were some other exhibitions too. This one below is from illustrators who did embroider their portrait.




And one by Richard Scarry in one of the libraries, a beautiful old buiding



And there was lots and lots more! So many beautiful books. I'm full with inspiration and looking forward to make new things. Ciao Bologna!!!!

Jan 31, 2019

Daily collage project

On the 1th of January this year I started a new project: 'A collage a day.' Every day I post one on Instagram So, if you wish, you are welcome to follow it.



It is fun to try out various techniques. My inspiration I mostly get out of the snippets. I have boxes full with snippets and parts of paintings.



What I like about this project that they are made without the computer. Normally I work mostly digital. So it is relaxing to make one of these in between.



I like to play with shapes. See what emerges. Also the pieces from what's left over are interesting.



I also join the 2019 - Year of the collage class with Carla Sonheim and others. Just for fun! This also gives inspiration. ( You still can join! ) One of the assignments was to make a grid of paper snippets.



I then like to give my own twist to it. So I made some face grids. I also made this clown with buttons, inspired by the grid exercise:



Sometimes I take a theme, like playing with rhythm, as these elephants below show.


Another assignment was about playing with colored transparancy paper. First make textures on transparant sheets and then make collages with them. It gives a fun effect, because of this transparency:


What I like the most of this playing with shapes and snippets, the unexpected things appearing. Things or characters you never would have thought of.




Most of the time I make characters. That's what I like the most. But sometimes I try to make an abstract one:



It is now the end of January. So I made 31 of these collages. I will try this for a year. Don't know if I can keep it up, but at least I can try. I once did it with my face a day project and made 365 faces. Remember?

More on  Instagram.
See you there?!