Saturday, 18 April 2009

Exhibition: Lauren Child at Nottingham Castle

This weekend I finally made it to the Lauren Child exhibition at the Castle. Child is the illustrator of Charlie and Lola amongst other books, and the exhibition, although aimed at children is a must-see for anyone with an interest in children's book illustration. I visited with a friend and her two year old who was very excited at the prospect of running round Charlie and Lola's house and playing in their kitchen! I took a few photos inside, excuse the blurring - flash photography is frowned upon!

It was fascinating to have a close look at some of the original artwork for various book spreads, and the different materials involved, including tin foil, wallpaper and magazine clippings.

The exhibition also shows work by other illustrators she admires including Edward Gorey, Ronald Searle, Quentin Blake and Angela Barrett. Some sketchbooks were also on display which I enjoyed flicking through.

One part of the display shows the work process that goes into designing a book, and the stages Child's work goes through from initial ideas to final print.

Some items that served as inspirations in Child's work were also on show, including Snoopy hairslides, an orange telephone and a milk glass froma charity shop which have all featured in different stories.

Pippi Longstocking

For the Princess and the Pea, Child built real dollshouse scenes with cardboard and paper cutouts and then had them photographed to create a 3D layout (- you can see me in the mirror reflection to get a sense of scale!)

The Castle Grounds in the sunshine

It's only on for another week but I am urging any fellow Nottinghamites to have a wander round if they get chance!

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