In stitches

And I'm not talking about laughter but REAL stitches. On Nov 19th I attended NESCWBI Illustrator Day in Manchester, NH. The keynote speaker was Sally Mavor. I did'nt know Sally's work prior to the event .. and I was blown away by her creativity. You see, Sally STITCHES all her illustrations!

Her recent book is 'Pocketful of Posies', a celebration of nursery rhymes and poetry, it's equally popular with both children and adults.

Talk about patience ... it took 5 years to complete. I don't usually say BUY THIS BOOK. But BUY THIS BOOK!!

Sally handcrafts each element in the illustration and then puts them together as a 3D artwork which is then photographed for the book. Included in the details are found objects, often from nature. Just beautiful!

Do visit Sally's website and find out more about Sally and her beautiful work. Also see a fabulous movie here!

Other presenters included Carol Goldenberg Rosen (book designer) who gave an excellent presentation on book layout, highlighting books by clients such as David Weisner. Jennifer Marsh Morris and Carlyn Beccia gave an overview of Painter XII and Photoshop CS5 for digital painting ..... 

Some photos from the day ...

 Anna Boll and Casey Girard - great organizers!
 Casey and yours truly (I've had a horrible cold!)
 Jennifer Marsh Morris  - some great hints!!
 Russ Cox and Casey Girard
The event was held at the NH Art Institute.

And then it was Thanksgiving. All plans for a dash to NH for dinner with family were thwarted by SNOW. So we stayed home, cuddled our puppies and ate rib-eye steaks. Yep, we saved a turkey.

Right now I am working on a PDF for an eductional publisher, so can't share sketches I'm afraid.
Next on my list is this year's entry for the Tomie de Paolo SCBWI award for NY conference in January. The theme is 'Chicken Licken'. So I had better get a move on with that as the deadline is Dec 15th.

I will leave you with a pic of snowy Maine on a sunny day ...
On the bedside table ...