My residency in Ginoza is finished and I’m back to Berlin.
It was such an intense experience and I learned so much, I had the chance to work on a huge theater project ad met great artist and people that I will never forget, I had 2 workshop with the children of the primary school in Ginoza and I’m so thankful because they teached me so much and remember me to keep watching the world with amazed eyes. I also had 2 exhibition, one in Ginoza and one in Naha.
It was lot of work, but I’m so glad I had this opportunity and I would do it again 100 times.
Thanks so much to all the people of Garaman Hall and Rheinbilder project, you all will have always a special place in my heart.
Hello there, I’ve been in Okinawa for almost two weeks now, working crazy to prepare the scenography for the show “Rheinbilder” that will be in Garaman Hall on the 21st and 22nd July.
It is the first time for me to draw something that will be screened with projector on an multi layer screen setup, and I’m learning something new every day. Drawing for screening is quite different from drawing for books, there are many things to consider, for example the contrast of the images that must be quite strong to work good with the lights on the stage.
Here you can see the flyer of the show. For more info and tickets follow the link of the Garaman Hall theater. So to all of you who will be in Okinawa on the 21st or 22nd July, come to see it! It will be a great show, in the romantic scenery of the Rhein river with live music, dancing, acting and my illustrations!
On the 7th June I will go to Okinawa for about 2 months, that’s my first art residency and I am so happy that will be in the wonderful island in the south-south-south of Japan, as a Sicilian I kind of feel connected to Okinawa…SOUTH ISLANDS POWER!!!
I am honored to take part to a great theater project with my illustrations, and collaborate with great people there to create the scenography. I am so excited and looking forward to being there.
The show will be in the end of July in the Garaman Hall of Ginoza. I will post more details about it very soon.
Two weeks have passed since Bologna Children’s Book fair.
It was a great experience and I will definitely do it again next year. I met beautiful people and I had the possibility to talk with many publishers and amazing illustrators, in particular I’m so grateful to Javier Zabala and Giovanni Manna for their advices and constructive feedback, I came back home full of energies and a clearer mind about my work, which are my strong points and what I still have to learn, of course a lot, well I think I will never stop to learn all my life, but I am ready and my motto is “NO HURRY”.
And a special thinking goes to my adventure mates, friends and great artists Daniela Spoto and Luca Di Battista, check these guys out, their work is stunning!
So now it is not the time for relaxing, I will roll up my sleeves and keep drawing.
So here we are! I am going to Bologna this year to attend the Children’s Book Fair for my first time!!!
I’m so excited and a bit afraid, it is the most important event concerning children book so I wonder if I will be overwhelmed by it. I read so much information around the internet (thanks to all the illustrators who shared their experience) but I think I will never be prepared enough!
So there is not so much to do than jump into it!
This week I prepared all my promotion material: business cards, post cards, little tiny zines with my works, poster for the Illustrator’s Wall and of course dummy books and my portfolio. I struggled about the portfolio’s format, in the beginning I thought to print my work in A3 format, but in the end I choose a more practical A4, that can easily fit in my backpack.
Still I have one dilemma: bring the original drawings or not? Yesterday I was framing and carefully packing them in a 60×40 cm folder, it is big! I imagined me going around the fair carrying this huge folder while all the experienced illustrator walk light with small cute portfolios or even just a tablet, and I saw it, that big arrow over my head saying “The Beginner”. Still I can not decide…
Here a picture of the small format material and a cute vintage sigarettes holder that I use to keep cards, isn’t it adorable?
I have fresh uploaded new vintage hand painted ceramics on my Etsy shop.
Lot of dishes, espresso cups and tea cups for all the taste! I hand painted and fired them in my home studio in Berlin, adding to the original glaze and decor my illustrations. The two thing merge perfectly despite the difference of age.
And because of the power of love, Valentine’s Day coming and my incurable romanticism and blablablabla….I’m planning to have soon sales, giveaways and many other surprise so STAY TUNED!
Here we are again, Berlin! I was one month in Japan and just came back to reality…
It was a great time and time flied faster then I imagined.
I came back full of new ideas and energy to immerse myself in my new projects! Now it is a count down to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, I’m working on couple of new books and I will update the progress here and on my social networks.
If you are curious about it, follow me on Instagram: @cicca_boom .