I love looking at illustrations. It is a big part of my job when it comes to selecting picture books for the library collection. Illustration plays a major role in this type of book and can often make or break a story. And a trend we’ve been seeing more of in the last few years is paper-cut illustrations. The artist uses paper and cuts in intricate ways to make gorgeous pictures that seem to jump off the page. That’s what I thought when I saw the work of Eiko Ojala.
Ojala uses his computer to digitally render these illustrations….no paper involved at all! Of course, paper art is his inspiration, and you’ll love looking through the various examples on his website. While the digital world has dramatically moved forward in making realistic images (CGI, anyone?), does this take away from the “real” art of paper cutting? I don’t think so. It has merit on its own, I strongly believe.
Take a few minutes to wander through the site. You won’t be disappointed!
Yes, it’s almost that time again….Christmas Craft Night! We’re gearing up for a night full of fun Christmas crafts, games and treats…something to get the festivities started!
Registration has already started, but we still have spaces for kids aged 6 – 12. Hurry, this is the last craft night of the year and it’s bound to fill up quickly! Call us or drop into the library to register for Tuesday, November 26th at 6pm.
Once again, we have some beautiful artwork on our library walls. Drop in anytime during the month of October to see the work of patron,Debra Lambden! She has some wonderful creations here and the colours are gorgeous! You won’t be disappointed!
We’ve all see art made from old books and books that have beautiful art. Here’s a new twist—gorgeous collages made using books. Artist Ekaterina Panikanovatakes books and decides what the picture will look like. Then, she might paint or draw the picture across many books, on one or two books, or use a combination of books with art already in them to incorporate into her work. The result is exciting and beautiful to look at.
It seems like forever, but we’re finally ready to announce the winners of last summer’s “DESIGN A BOOKMARK” contest at the library! We collected entries all summer, and then had a local artist go through them to choose winners in each category. We’ve got the bookmarks printed (thank you, Ferguson Graphics!) and now we’re ready to show you the winning bookmarks.
In the 8 – 10 year old category:
In the 14 – adult category:
And in the 11- 13 year old category:
Congratulations to all our winners! Their bookmarks will be given out to new members of the library for the next few years. Stop by to see the display!
After seeing this beautiful post by Dana on The Wonder Forest blog, I thought I had to share. Have you ever thought about printing on something other than plain white paper? How about using old pages from a book, or sheet music, or even paper lunch bags (yes, you can feed those through your printer…who knew!)
Just feed your selected paper into your printer and make any adjustments for size. Then go ahead and print your favourite photos! It’s a gorgeous effect! What a great idea….
I must admit, my love of picture books probably exhausts my co-workers. I can wax rhapsodic about the latest Scaredy Squirrel book or tell you at length why I LOVE Oliver Jeffers’ newest release until your eyes glass over from boredom. There’s just something about the language of picture books, the illustrations, and oh…the stories! I know I’m not alone on this idea.
I came across a wonderful blog (via Instagram) by Hilary Leung, a man who has turned his love of all things picture book related (and especially Canadian picture books), into fan art! He uses Legos, simple children’s building blocks, to re-create characters or book covers! They’re amazing and so creative. Why hasn’t anyone thought to do this before? Drop by his page and look at all his work…you’ll love it!