Thursday, 26 January 2012

Autograph Book

Claudia Boldt and Eleanor Meredith paid a visit to my studio yesterday and delivered a pile of prints for me to sign. 100 autographs on Walking The Dog. They had very generously considered my work worthy of inclusion to be part of an exhibition they are curating next month in Brixton Village. Their work is genuinely inspiring and witty and may even encourage my participation in this illustration lark again. Later the same day I am in the company of a gathering of a thousand illustrators in Heffers Bookshop Cambridge for the launch of Children's Picturebooks -The art of visual storytelling. by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles. And to quote Axel Scheffler from the rear cover 'This beautifully produced book gives a real insight into the art of the picturebook...'
Claudia Boldt is one of the key contributors in the book and rightly so. It was a jolly evening in the company of Martin Salisbury, John Lawrence, John Holder, Pam Smy, Alexis Deacon, Marta Altes, Katherina Manolessou, Edgar Allan Poe, Dave Shelton, Chris Haughton, Deirdre McDermott (Walker Books art director/ publisher) and an orchestra of stunningly gifted artists that are emerging in to the picturebook world via the Cambridge MA course, a torrent a deluge there aint enough books to go round.......round and round. So many pictures. Marta's autographed copy of No! stuffed in a bag,caught the last train home changed at Aberdeen and got a lift on a milk float and arrived back with the coalman.

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