I live north of Toronto in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada with my husband Simon and wee ones Lily and Koen. I am a maker and an educator.
I went to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the University of Canterbury for illustration, printmaking and electronic art. While there, I began doing freelance illustration.
I used to spend a great deal of time as a teen making tunnel books, which I sold at 1st Hand Gallery in Toronto. After university I worked at a gallery for a few years, but after the birth of my daughter I was inspired to create once again. These paper theater works are a return to working with layers (i.e. tunnel books – with the addition of photography). I set up the layers of drawings, on a small scale, like a very tiny stage set or installation. You can take a look at my process page, to see how I create them.
My work often tells a moment in a story, and often plays with the themes of childhood, and the ephemeral. I look to my own childhood, my experiences as a mother, Victorian curiosities, vintage book illustrations, set design, and the land and weather here . At times I work on a larger scale, creating installations. In the future I hope to do some animation as well.
I am excited to be working on my first children’s books in this style!
Out in 2013 through Running Press (Author Illustrator) -
If you hold a seed…
Out in 2012 through Fitzhenry and Whiteside (Illustrator)
Best Gifts – by author Marsha Skrypuch
My prints can be purchased through my Etsy shop – theater clouds.
I am available for freelance illustration. I am represented by the Bright Agency and am a member of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.
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