The exposition in library Hatert is here!

And finally, my first exposition is a fact. I had lots of fun last friday filling a huge glass cabinet with my children’s book illustrations and lots of cute props!
Here are some photos of the result:
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The library asked me to fill a huge 2 by 2 glass cabinet near the entrance.

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I even reprinted some of my older work — I used to draw childrens book illustrations when I was still in high school. The little black sheep is a recurring character. Recently, I discovered the animations of Shawn the Sheep and I realised how much they look alike!

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“De Raaf en de Vos” (The Fox and the Raven) is still one of my favorites. I think it really looks good as this glossy A2 poster! I translated the poem (the original is in french) to Dutch prose, so that children who don’t know the story can read it in the library.

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The penguins! I love the penguins. I have friend who dreams of becoming a professor. He loves penguins, so I made him this poster years ago. Now I could borrow his collection of stuffed penguins for the exposition. Another friend loaned me his Lego model of the Mars Rover Curiosity (which is very, very cool. I cannot stress this enough. Lego & science = awesome!)

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My sister picked up the stuffed hedgehog for me so I could recreate the “for science!” t-shirt design with stuffed animals and a real Erlenmeyer flask. Thanks, sis!

If you want to take a look at the exposition in real life, you can find it here:
Bibliotheek Hatert
Couwenbergstraat 20
6535RZ Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

The library is open on the following days:
monday: 13:00 – 17:00
wednesday: 11:00 – 17:00
thursday: 13:00 – 17:00
friday: 13:00 – 17:00

Preparing an exposition 2

I’m organising an exposition in the local library. Here’s an update on my progress.
Yesterday I went to the citycentre and bought a huge folder for transporting the printed illustrations for the exposition. The folder is large enough for A2 poster prints (75 cm x 53 cm) and it even has a handle so I can take it with me on my bike — although I must say that cycling with the folder gave me the impression I was kite-surfing through the streets of Nijmegen.
Next, I visited the printer and had all the smaller prints (A3 and A4) printed on beautiful glossy card stock! The two larger A2 posters I already printed on the A0 poster printer at the university.

my new art folder filled with the illustrations for the exposition

Preparing an exposition in the library of Nijmegen

I’m so excited! My first exposition is coming up. If you are in the neighbourhood, you can visit an exposition of my children’s book illustrations in the local library, Bibliotheek Hatert, from next week onwards. Last week I’ve been busy collecting all kinds of props (mostly stuffed animals) and getting my artwork ready for the printer.

Here’s a sneak preview:
Stuffed animals for the exposition of my children's book illustrations

Adventures in reading

This week I was in the local library. I go there every now and then, especially after processing a lot of theoretical theory, to clear my head. I just sit somewhere with a pile of interesting books and breathe the quiet library air, or I wander from bookcase to bookcase drinking in titles and subjects and genres. I love getting lost in a library. For me, every book is a door. I get high on books. My favourite thing to do is hiding myself in my room with a weeks supply of food and then binge-reading for hours and hours and hours on end.

I felt adventurous, so I decided to check out a part of the library where I had never been: the section for graphic novels.

I normally don’t read graphic novels. I’m a bit of a nerd, so I’ve read V for Vendetta and some of the Sandman and Death stories by Neil Gaiman and Maus because I love history, but that’s it. The collection in my local (medium-sized city) library is not extensive or anything, but there certainly were interesting (storywise and graphicwise) books to be found. I ended up reading half a graphic novel while standing next to the bookcase because I was so engrossed. Eventually I sat down and finished the whole thing.

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The cover of Shenzen by Guy Delisle
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