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Book Title: Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes|
The author of the book: Salley Mavor
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.19 MB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: September 27th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780547504926
Read full description of the books Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes:This hand-picked collection of classic nursery rhymes, all delicately and painstakingly illustrated by Salley Mavor, who is reknown for her incredibly detailed fabric and cloth scenes.
It took Mavor ten years to develop her own fabric relief technique to a level where she felt comfortable even considering illustrating a book. Now, Mavor embroiders and sews illustrations, each scene taking nearly a month to complete. In this book, Mavor renders a new and visionary nursery rhyme world with precision and intricacy for many a generation to treasure for years and years to come.
Read information about the authorI have always liked forming and manipulating small materials with my hands. Paper and pencil were never enough for me. Somehow, in my experience as a child, my own art was unfinished and plain unless something “real” was added. Treasures would be glued, stapled or sewn onto a creation to make it complete.
Years later, while at the Rhode Island School of Design, I rediscovered my childhood delight in sewing and creating miniature scenes. In the illustration department there was freedom to create in any medium as long the work was narrative in nature and solved the class assignments. Working in 3 dimensions was an exciting way to communicate my ideas. I never thought that the assemblages and experiments I presented for critique would ever turn into a workable illustration technique.
After graduation in 1978, I made and sold stuffed fabric pins, designed sewing projects for women's magazines, and worked on a series of housewife dolls and their stuffed domestic appliances. Soon, I began creating pictures in a relief format with people, animals and houses sewn on to a fabric background.
It took 10 years to develop my fabric relief technique to a level where I could consider illustrating a book. My first picture book, The Way Home, was made during a 1-½ year period when my children were very young. After my boys were asleep in the evening, I would sew the elephant characters and methodically embroider blades of grass.
To make a book, each picture starts as a clear, vivid scene in my head. I do not know exactly how the pictures will unfold and it will go through many steps to get from the imagined to the finished product. I start by working out a rough layout in small thumbnail sketches. They are blown up on a copier to full book size and made into a dummy to show the editor. She then checks to see that the content of the layout works with the text and that there is enough room for the type. After making any necessary changes to the layout, and with the trust of my editor, I start work on the fabric relief pictures.
Each illustration requires about a month of hand sewing, so it takes more than a year to complete all of the pages. The original fabric relief pictures are then photographed and used as illustrations in the printed book.
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