This is the teaser image I’ve provided for BalletLORENT, the dance company I was lucky enough to work with on their production of Snow White, who are completing their trilogy gothic fairy tales with Rumpelstiltskin, premiering this October.
On 20th February they are holding a fundraising event for their community cast project, which is all about getting children and older people involved in theatre. Further details and tickets are available here.
The whole production is in its early stages and it’s going to be very exciting to see how it unfolds and what the company do with the story, and the Rumpelstiltskin character… I, for one, cannot wait.
I moved house recently and so this T-Shirt from Atlanta’s ACT1 Theatre group, whose production of ‘Once Upon A Mattress’ last year featured my Princess and the Pea image for their poster and publicity materials, has only just caught up with me in the post.
Thanks so much to the group for sending this over, and for inviting me to be a small part of the production.
Here’s the original, pre-adapted image –
This was my entry for the recent Tomie de Paola competition, which runs annually. This year’s task was to illustrate a passage from Philip Pullman’s retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a specific focus on how to visualise a very well-known main character in a new or unique way.
I wanted a confident Red Riding Hood, boldly stepping out towards the forest, reassuring her mother she’ll be fine. The dark shadow behind the door hints at some of the darkness she’ll encounter later. I aimed for a zig-zag feel to the composition overall, echoing the twists and turns of the path through the woods – and of the story itself. Finally, because red is such a strong and familiar colour in this story, I made my picture black and white, just to be contrary.
What’s really interesting is the wealth of interpretations that were submitted, all of which can be seen in the online competition gallery. So many different ways of presenting a familiar character and situation, it’s fascinating to see where these images cross-over and where they are diverge. The winning entries can be viewed here.
I was delighted to find out this week that Nobody’s Perfect has won the award for best picture book at the Tybee Island Book Festival. A huge thank you to the judges!
Another trip to the theatre this week, this time to Theatre Hullabaloo, a company that makes, tours and promotes theatre productions for young audiences.
Their latest production, Bear and Butterfly, combines puppetry, live music and beautiful storytelling to tell a charming tale about love, loss and friendship.
It opened last week and tours until Christmas Eve, be sure to catch it. Here’s the poster I designed for them.