Anna Forlati illustratsioon

Exhibition of the illustrator Anna Forlati in the children’s literature centre

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Anna Forlati illustratsioonThe solo exhibition of the Italian illustrator Anna Forlati will open in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre hall on July 30th, 2019. The exhibition will be open until 30th of August.

The Italian illustrator has been described as a chamelion of style. Despite the various approaches and techniques of her work the outcome is always mesmerizing. Her illustrations exude the innocence of a child and can be described with words like intimate and mysterious. Her work is also often described as magic realism and the repeating motifs are plants, trees, forests, gardens and other natural elements.

The illustrator has said about her variable style: „I like to experiment with different techniques, work on different atmospheres and with variable colour associations, according to the book or the project. I think that every book has its own peculiar imaginary that needs to be researched“. The selection of these stylistically versatile works are exhibited in the children’s literature centre.

Illustrator Anna Forlati was born in 1980 in Padua, Italy. She studied contemporary art and film history at the IUAV University in Venice and after receiving her degree dedicate herself to illustrating children’s books. She has illustrated more than 30 books and has taken part in several international illustration exhibitions. In 2012 she graduated from the ARS IN FABULA Illustration School’s Master’s program in Illustration for Publishing. Currently she is working at the same school as a professor of illustration.

More information from the artist’s web-page.

Viive Noor at the Rabka International Festival of Children’s Literature

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Estonian illustrator Viie Noor curated the illustration exhibition of the Rabka Festival of Children’s Literature that took place in the City of Rabka in Poland on July 9th–12th, 2019. Noor also conducted workshops and participated in a panel discussion regarding reading.

The festival opened on July 10th with the illustration exhibition “From the Mountains to the Sea”. On the 11th of July, Noor conducted the workshop “Summer in the Garden” and during the following day she participated in the panel discussion “How to read with kids and adults?” with Carola Gaede (International Youth Library, Munich) and Anna Janus-Sitarz (University of Jagiełło, Cracovie).

The festival dedicated to children’s literature took place in Rabka, Poland. Families had the opportunity to spend quality time in Rabka and learn about many art forms. The festival guests included noteworthy creators from Rabka and the rest of the world who came to meet their readers and form contacts for future collaboration purposes. This year’s guests that inspire kids to read included creators from Poland, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and Italy. Kids, as well as adults found fun activities from the festival programme.

The festival does not treat children as passive observers, but encourages them to create art in several workshops. The topic of this year’s festival “From the Mountains to the Sea” concentrated on books that touch upon the ways to protect the nature that surrounds us.

Nukk näituselt "5 tunnet"

Exhibition 5 Feelings in the children’s literature centre attic gallery

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Nukk näituselt "5 tunnet"The exhibition 5 Feelings will open in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre Attic gallery on the 29th of June 2019. It will be available to the public until the 30th of August.

The exhibition will feature a selection of puppets that were exhibited in the international puppet art exhibition in the grand hall of the Artists’ Union in St. Petersburg. The exhibition was held in May and a part of it was an International art Project 5 Feelings curated by the Russian art scholar Tatjana Mohrjakova residing in Tallinn. The exhibition was held in the balcony hall of the Artists’ Union and in addition to puppets, it featured other art objects, ceramics, collage, and graphics. A selection of exhibited works will now be available for the Estonian public.

Studio 14 is an International studio that creates puppet art, ceramics, sculpture and graphics and operates in Estonia. The manager of the studio is the curator and art scholar Tatjana Mohrjakova.

Eno Raud’s Gothamites published in English

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American publisher Archipelago Books released the English translation of the beloved Estonian children’s book The Gothamites by Eno Raud in the beginning of June 2019. The book was translated to English by Adam Cullen and the book features illustrations by Estonian cartoonist and illustrator Priit Pärn.

The book was published under the new children’s imprint Elsewhere Editions from the Archipelago Books. The collection is devoted to publishing translations of imaginative picture books from all over the world to enrich children’s imagination and cultivate curiosity about other cultures.

The inspiration for The Gothamites tales are the funny stories and jokes from the 16th century about the inhabitants of the German town Schilda. The stories were introduced to the Estonian folklore by F. R. Kreuzwald – the author of the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg. Eno Raud’s children’s adaption of the tales has delighted local readers since 1962 and his tales have seen many reprints. In 2016 the publisher Tänapäev reprinted the tales with new illustrations from Priit Pärn. The reprint became the basis for the English edition.

The Gothamites is practically the first Estonian children’s book published in the US. Previous publications include a few fairy tale collections. Publishing an Estonian book in English and in such a large book market as the United States is a major step forward. If a book has been published in a major language it is much easier to adapt and distribute it to other languages as well. Therefore, we can hope that The Gothamites will be soon available in other foreign languages as well. In addition to English, the rights to the book have been sold for the Spanish translation”, said the director of foreign relations of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre Helena Koch.

More information: Elswhere Editions newsletter

Children’s Literature Center at the Family Fair in Vabaduse väljak

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Estonian Children’s Literature Centre will participate in the Family Day on the Freedom Square on June 15th, 2019. During the day, the centre will conduct fun activities for kids with NUKU Theatre and Miiamilla Children’s Museum. 

The Family Day is dedicated to 800th anniversary of the Danish flag Dannebrog and the 135th anniversary of the flag of the Republic of Estonia and it is a part of the official visit program of the The Queen of Denmark Margrethe II. The Queen of Denmark, as well as the President and the Prime Minister of Estonia will be the guests of honor of the family day.

The day will start at 11 o’clock. Participants will be able to enjoy choir singing, Danish jazz and Estonia folk music. There will be tents that introduce Estonian and Danish relations and the food street will offer best dishes from Estonian and Danish cuisine.

The youngest in the family will find fun activities through out the day. They can do arts and crafts in the children’s tent and make a kingdom of their own. A fun flag game will take place and the winners will be awarded with a weekend trip to Copenhagen and a visit to the local amusement park Tivoli.

The Family Day is organized by the Government Office in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in Tallinn.

More information regarding the Queen’s visit on the web-page of the Danish Embassy and the Family Day in Facebook.

Ignasi Blanchi illustratsioon

Ignasi Blanch’s solo exhibition in the children’s literature centre

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Ignasi Blanchi illustratsioon

A Solo Exhibition of the Catalan artist and illustrator Ignasi Blanch is open in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre from June 13th until July 15th 2019.

The exhibition features Blanch’s illustrations that exude elegant movement. The artist is fascinated by the human body in movement, the space in which that body moves and the objects surrounding the body. The artist has said that he always thinks about the psychology of the characters and their background while drawing: “if someone is waiting for them, if they can sing.” He also enjoys questioning the social constructions of femininity and masculinity in his work. Blanch has said that he likes weakness: “A weak or a doubtful outline is very interesting. The mistakes reveal many things.”

Ignasi Blanch was born in a small town of Roquetes in Catalonia Spain. He graduated form the Fine Arts Department in the University of Barcelona and took part of the artist-in-residency program in an international cultural center The Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin where he specialized in printmaking and engraving techniques.

At the moment the artist lives in Barcelona where he works as an illustrator and professor of illustration. Blanche has illustrated more than 90 books. Recently the illustrator cooperated with actress Olivia Newton-John and published the book Liv on (Publishing house Flamboyant in Barcelona, 2018). The artist has created a significant number of posters and visuals for festivals etc. His painting ‘Talking about love’ was chosen to participate in the International project ‘The East Side Gallery’ as the only representative from Spain.

The curator of the exhibition Viive Noor described the artist by saying: “Ignasi Blanch is a top illustrator of Catalonia and the entire Spain. He is a wonderfully productive artist who has time for everything. In addition to illustrating books, he designs posters, decorates walls of children’s hospitals with his works, curates and organizes exhibitions, gives lectures on and workshops in illustration techniques in libraries, book fairs and schools. He is a spectacular person whose extraordinary creations are now available to see in Estonia.”

Previously the artist has been featured in the international illustration exhibition It’s Always Tea Time which opened in The Estonian Children’s literature Centre in 2015. The exhibition that drew inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is traveling in prestigious European galleries to this day. Also, the artist was featured in The 5th Tallinn Illustrations Triennial ‘Power of the Image’ in the Estonian National Library in 2017.

More about the artist in Ignasi Blanch’s Facebook page.

Further information:
Viive Noor
exhibition curator, Art Expert in the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre
+372 5557 9930

Piret Raud at the international EU and China Literary Festival

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Beloved Estonian children’s author Piret Raud took part in the EU and China International Literary Festival held in Beijing from May 31st until June 5th, 2019.

On June 1st the author introduced her book The Ear in the The Bookworm Beijing bookstore, as well as took part in the panel discussion regarding children’s books illustration with Chinese illustrator Hei Mi in the Citic Genesis bookstore. The author also introduced her book Emma Loves Pink in the Citic Viva Mall bookstore and met with illustration students from the Tsinghua University.

The culture referent of the Estonian Embassy in China Anete Elken said: “The cultural communication of Estonia and China is currently very active. Authors like Indrek Hargla, Karl-Martin Sinijärv and Janika Kronberg have all introduced their work here. Since there is a large demand for both Chinese and foreign children’s books in China, it felt appropriate to invite Piret Raud to visit China as the author has also been successful in other Asian countries like Japan.”

The aim of the 4th European Union and China International Literary Festival is to introduce the literature of European countries through a joint platform. Elken added that from the Chinese perspective European countries appear quite small and can be hard to notice. With a festival their unique cultures will receive more recognition from the Chinese government officials, literary professionals, as well as the general public. The festival was organized by the European Union, publisher and bookstore chain CITIC and a number of foreign enthusiasts around the Bookworm bookstore.

Viive Noor on a book tour in Italy

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A book tour promoting the children’s book Tamburopoli written by the Italian journalist Bianca Maria Tricarico and illustrated by the Estonian artist Viive Noor was held at the end of May and in the beginning of June in Italy.

The tour was organized by the publishing house SECOP edizioni and the cultural association dedicated to promoting reading Associazione Culturale FOS. All together, 10 book presentations were held in libraries all across Italy. The tour began from Milan and the stops included Torino, Rome, Caserta, Napoli, Matera, Bari, Bisceglie, Corato and Bitonto. The illustrator and the author of the book met with both younger and older readers and the meetings were moderated by Raffaella Leone.

Kairi Look at the literature night in Paris

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The children’s author Kairi Look took part of the literature festival La nuit de la littérature on May 25th 2019. The author introduced the French translation of her book The Airport Bugs Fight On that was published this spring. 

The literature night was held in Paris for the 7th time. Visitors were able to meet many foreign authors who presented their writing in several locations in the Montmartre district. All the foreign authors were accompanied by a comic or a translator and together they read passages from the author’s books on every hour.

Kairi Look performed in the book store Librairie Les Trois Soeurs and read passages from her book with the translator Vincent Dautancourt. They read texts both in French and Estonian. The French translation of the book The Airport Bugs Fight On was published on the spring of 2019 by the publishing house Éditions le Verger des Hespérides.

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Estonian illustrators at the Pop Up festival (UK)

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Estonian illustrators Ulla Saar and Kertu Sillaste will participate in the children’s literature festival Pop Up in the UK in June 10–11. Artists and illustrators will conduct workshops for students from 3rd to the 6th grade. 

Kertu Sillaste will introduce her book I am an Artist. The book caught the eye of the festival organizers who liked the concept. Sillaste will conduct workshops based on the Estonian version of the book, as it has not been published in English. The festival will provide all the participating classes with 15 copies of the book.

The workshops will be held in the Waddesdon manor in Buckinghamshire on June 11th at 10:00–11:30 and 12:30–2:00. It is an ideal environment for making art as the manor also hosts an art collection. Additionally, the festival artists will be featured in the Pop Up Magazine. The target audience of the magazine is school children and libraries and it has more that 12 000 readers.

Ulla Saar will hold two workshops for 60 students from 3rd to 6th grade on June 10th, 2019. The workshops will be held in the St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School. Saar will introduce the book Everyone is the Smartest written by the poet Contra and featuring her illustrations. The book was published in English last year by the Emma Press. The festival will provide workshop participants with copies of the book.

Pop Up festival is a celebration that inspires children across the UK to read for pleasure and engage in creative writing and visual storytelling. Students from primary, secondary and SEND schools will meet many authors and illustrators. Young readers will read books by more than a hundred writers and illustrators. In June, they will participate in workshops by those authors and illustrators delivered in many in local libraries, museums and galleries.

Participation in the Pop Up festival is a continuation to the international illustrator exchange project Pop Up Baltic Exchange held during 2017–2018.

Photo: Dmitri Kotjuh and private collection