Illustration by Holli Conger http://holliconger.com
If you haven't seen Holli Conger's work then you're in for a treat! And be cretain to check out her great blog, A Girls Who Creates, too. All month she's featuring great tips for artists and today she annouced something that I think is spectacularly generous - a three month marketing consultation with Holli herself. How great would that be! For more info on the chance to consult with Holli jump on over to A Girl Who Creates and read the specifics.
Prepare to spend some time though because once you start looking through all the wonderful images and reading through Holli's valuable posts you'll find that hours have passed.
Every year - even if I don't have an entry - I look forward to the announcement of the illustrators selected for inclusion in the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Since I wasn't able to make the trip this year I hopped over to the official website to remind myself what I was missing and I have to say, I was surprised. Maybe even disappointed. No, I'll come right out and say it. I was disappointed. And sad.
There's no doubt that all the selected artists are incredibly talented and their illuctrations are quite successful but many of the images just don't seem suitable for children's books. I suppose if we included covers for YA's then, yes, but where were the usual touching but fun and lovable images? Where were the stories? Have things changed so much that kids don't deserve books that have the power to remain fondly in memories for decades? Perhaps the jury members were trying just a bit too hard to push the boundaries and have forgotten what it was like to be child.
Sure, kids grow up so much faster than we did but don't they still need some warm, magical childhood moments. Who among us who were lucky enough to have books as children doesn't smile when they think of Huckleberry Cat and Lowly Worm, Ramona the Pest, Where the Wild Things Are, The Story of Ping, Eloise, Babar, or Peter Rabbit. Where were the new Rackhams, Wyeths, Greenaways, Caldecotts, Carles, Clooneys or Annos? I simply didn't see any of these in most of the chosen art. Most pieces looked far too editorial and cold; too much digital manipulation and not enough heart. Now that I think about it quite a few of the images were so chilly as to be rather devoid of emotion. There was only a very few that I would have liked to climb into; there were certainly no BusyTowns, fields of lupines, or intriguing jumbley jelly cupboards to wander through.
If ever children needed safe places to explore it would be now. So where are they? Wistfully I didn't see many represented in this year's Illustrators Exhibition.
* Just to be clear... I didn't have an entry in this years competition. And I have followed the fair for years. Proof? All the Annuals and memorabilia lining my many bookshelves :0)
**I'm not posting any of the images here due to copyright law and respect for the artists but i do hope you will take a look here and share your reactions.
At long last I have the names of the give-a-way winners!
Ulla's new mummy is Tatjana!
Two prints of her choice will be going to Di :0)
And Heather will be receiving a little surprise package.
Many thanks to all who entered and have waited ever so patiently. I didn't intend to be gone so long but work has a way of piling up here. I promise to do better next time.
Tatjana, Heather and Di, please do email me (email@example.com) with your mailing addresses so that I can ship your little bundles!
I'll also be putting two new little bears into the Etsy shop sometime after 7:00 PM EST this evening. So if you liked Ulla perhaps you will jump over here and take a look at Ping and Dulcie. They'd love it if you stopped by to say hello and I would too.
Thank you so much for all the incredible bear stories and for taking the time to visit my little blog! I know you must be waiting to hear who the winners are and I will be announcing them tomorrow. Due to the unexpected number of responses it's taking a bit longer to collect all the names and add them to the bowl. The random number generator method just seems far too impersonal. So... tomorrow the lucky winners will be announced right here. See you soon!
The new year is here and what better way to celebrate than to have a
fun little giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me
your favorite teddy bear memory. The comments section will be open
until 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US), Monday, 18 January 2010. (Oops... not December! Thanks for correcting me, Tara!) All the
names will be jumbled into a big bowl and three winners will be
selected. The first name drawn will receive a Sweet Souls Teacup
Teddy handmade by me. The second winner will receive to prints of
their choice from my Etsy shop and the third name drawn wins a surprise package full of pretty things!
AND if you mention the contest on your blog your name will be entered into the bowl twice.
This is little Ulla, named after a very dear fellow blogger who you may visit here. She's completely handsewn by me and is a mere 3.75 inches tall. Her lace collar adorned with glass beads is also hand crocheted by me and closes with an antique MOP button in the back. She's waiting anxiously to find out who her new mom or dad will be!
I do hope you will join in the fun and help me move my wee blog into 2010 with much excitement. Truth be told I enjoy giving things away so much more than selling them!
Hope to hear from you soon! Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year!