Thursday, 16 April 2009

Exhibition Meeting



Remember I was trawling through all my artwork
last week? Well, Marie Knudson & Katie Kennedy from Tameside Art Galleries visited the studio again on Wednesday morning, to help me shape-up plans for the show. We went through everything I'd shortlisted and have now got a final selection.


They were both as excited as me (isn't that great?) which meant we just couldn't whittle it down as low as we'd planned. So... they are letting me squeeze even more images in - hurrah!! We are going to frame 24 double-page spread illustrations as the main show, plus another 12 smaller pieces, mounted lower on the walls, at child's height. All the above titles will appear.



In the centre of the space, we are still going to build a little ark, with working hatches, and make soft toys based on the animals, for kids to pop inside. I am also going to try and put together a whole section using Lark in the Ark to explain how a flap book is created, as it's quite complicated and interesting.


There will be a quiet reading area, themed around Smudge and Stripe's living room above. Marie is actually going to build a mock-up room, with the stripy sofa and the fireplace and even decorate the walls with props on foam board, like the clock and the vase of daffodils!


Instead of just a magnetic Stinky warthog, we've decided to make a huge print of this spread, onto thin metal, with magnetic flies and various toys for kids to add into the picture. And Marie is thinking it might be rather fun to make a vinyl game mat, recreating the Jungle game from this spread:

My job now is to trawl through all my digital artwork, so the team have all the images they need to make the various creations, then start writing copy for picture labels, wall features and info sheets. Plus I need to contact all the authors and publishers involved, to let them know our intentions. I imagine they'll be delighted, but it's polite to make sure!

11 comments:

Alex said...

I think the whole thing sounds fabulous and will be a roaring success. I'm miffed because we will have emigrated to Australia by then so it would be a bit far to come to the exhibition. Well done. Alex

Lynne Chapman said...

Ha ha - yes that would be dedication indeed!

How exciting though - I love Australia and did think about moving there myself a few years back.

Jessie Lilac said...

Its going to be fantastic!

Lacy Snarr said...

Congratulations! The show sounds like it will be great.

quiltcat said...

Wow what a fun and interactive show it's going to be!

Damian Harvey said...

This looks and sounds fantastic Lynne... I can't wait.

Matt J said...

Thanks for your comments Lynne-good luck with the show, your selection is looking terrific!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I love-love-love your work. Your website and blog are very inspiring - so much talent and fun.

I also adore your sketches. Thank you for putting your art out there.

Congratulations! That's all :)

Annabelle Métayer

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm everyone!

The Real Turners said...

I am loving your artwork. I am a children's writer myself, so it's always fun to see an illustrator who's work looks like it suits me beautifully. Congrats on the exhibition. I would have loved to have been there!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you RT!