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The Hare & The Tortoise

The Hare & The Tortoise

During my final year at university, I really wanted to embody illustration as a field of creativity from which a narrative constructs. I wanted to go back to the past and revisit childhood literature, as an adult to see if the experiences of such classical stories differ from those we experienced as children. I look at many children’s books, particular focusing on traditional folklore and fairytales to provide a narrative from which I could produce an illustrative body of work. In keeping with a traditional theme, I chose to develop and sustain these ideas through etching process, incorporating newly learnt print skills into my practice to produce interesting and perhaps contemporary illustrations. The print process provides great technical knowledge of construction to produce dynamic and complex images of skilled craftsmanship. It is a very exciting process to be part of, and I enjoy the use of traditional processes to produce something new and contemporary.
My work embodies the classical short story of ‘The Hare and The Tortoise’ consisting of six prints in a picture book format. The presentation of the prints as a book was deemed the most appropriate as it allows the prints to be viewed as one story; one body of art constructed through six partial elements. It is crucial for the narrative to work, the prints were constructed as a flow of imagery.