I’m leaving next week for my first trip to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. I’m packing a bunch of new postcards and awesome new business cards my pal, illustrator and letterpress presser Victoria Hiefner of Milkfed Press pressed for me, hot pink in thick cotton rag. I’m excited to see what the world of kids books looks like and meet artists, art directors and friends i’ve known only virtually. I’m filled with hope and a little nervousness.
Since I’ve been collaborating with Erica Root on IlloStories, I’ve been chock full of picture book ideas. My favorite thing about working and collaborating on IlloStories, besides making goofy passed back and forth pictures together with my homegirl, is writing the content for our workbooks. We created it with the aim to help other illustrators grow but so many of the themes are ones we felt would not just be great for illustrators to work with but fun interesting topics that would really help nurture children’s imaginations. Ideally I just love to make sweet funny characters with big googly eyes who feel things.
I also get to spend my birthday in Italy. After the fair is over, I’ll take a highspeed train up to Venice to meet my husband and friends and celebrate like Peggy Guggenheim (or just a regular Venetian wearing a striped shirt and steering a gondola.) Any and all recommendations on where to go, what to see, and of course where to drink aperativi and eat all the things welcome.
Will write more after the fair, until then, wish me luck and see you soon with an update!