Victoria and Albert Museum

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Once upon a time in a town far, far away...

Once upon a time in a town far, far away...

Once upon a time, in a town far far away there lived a lonely toymaker. He made special little toys from the things that the townspeople threw away... These illustrations are from a contemporary fairytale that I wrote for my Masters major project. The first illustration is the first page, showing the mundane town in which the fairytale is set. The second is the Big Red Factory Monster, that produces cheap plastic toys, destroying the town. The story tells of the seemingly small and helpless, defeating the large and powerful...

Once upon a time, in a town far, far away... Jo de Ruiter
detail of town... Jo de Ruiter
Factory Monster. Jo de Ruiter