Last night I had some off cuts… isosceles triangles. So, I made some more triangles. The kids enjoyed playing with them and so did I. I actually got a little obsessed with arranging and rearranging them. I quite like when rigid, geometry is interrupted. I also found they look nice when softened by light. Hope you like them too:
Lily made a great one.. a bird!
I hope you are enjoying some great time with your families this summer too. ~Elly
It is just 2 weeks until Simon and I will be heading to Virginia to set up my show Chasing Shadows at the Longwood Center for the Arts in Farmville. You might have seen a post a while back when Rachel Ivers and Emily Grabiec visited the studio. That was a year ago… and now preparations are in full swing.
The exhibition will show original light boxes, photographs, working drawings for books and a large scale installation in the window of the gallery. The little squid picture above shows a 2×3 ft area of the 30×9 ft installation. My oh my… still more cutting to do!
OPENING ~ July 8th, 2016 from 5-8 at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
For more on the show visit: http://lcva.longwood.edu/events/chasing-shadows-opening-reception
Here are some preparation shots of inking the Yupo paper, creating the light boxes, and cutting the many, many pieces that will fill the huge window of the Longwood Center – quite a feat for someone who usually works in miniature. 😉
The Virginia Children’s Book Festival!
The exhibition will coincide with the Virginia Children’s Book Festival. I am so excited to be one of the authors invited to participate in this amazing festival. Other authors include: Matt de la Pena, Drew Daywalt, Marc Brown, Timothy Basil Ering and so many others.
Check it out! October 13, 14 and 15, 2016! http://vachildrensbookfestival.com/
Another bit of news~ Emily Van Beek is now representing me through Folio Jr. I couldn’t be happier to be working with her!
Butterfly Park is a nominee for the Blue Spruce Award in the Forest of Reading!
Art Extensions: I have also put together some art activities for kids and teachers to do after reading Butterfly Park- Magnetic Butterflies and Balancing Butterflies. You can find them on my website.
School Visits: I will be doing school visits through the Authors’ Booking Service. I will be in Toronto for the week of December 14th – 18th. Tuesday and Wednesday have been booked. I will also be in the Brampton area in the first week of March for visits to schools. Check for availability. I am happy to visit other areas of Ontario too. Please get in touch if your school would like to book a presentation.
Some New Work
You can find these prints on my ETSY page.
Spotlight: I was so excited to see this lovely article this week in Quill & Quire by Dory Cerny – which features my book (Feeling so lucky.):
Kidlit spotlight: the golden age of Canadian picture books
You can read it here:http://www.quillandquire.com/omni/kidlit-spotlight-the-golden-age-of-canadian-picture-books/
(On a side note – it also features the book Sidewalk Flowers by a former NSCAD classmate, Sydney Smith. Pick up a copy if you haven’t already. It just won the Governor General’s award. Some of the other contemporary Canadian authors and illustrators in the article include are François Thisdale, Jon Klassen, Cybèle Young (paper artist!), Julie Flett, Ashley Spires, Mélanie Watt, Jeremy Tankard, Cale Atkinson, Kate Beaton, Julie Morstad, and one of my very favourite authors, Sara O’Leary.)
Exquisite Corpse at Kinderlit: I’ve spent so many car trips making these with my kids. Have you ever made one before? The fine folks at Kinderlit host this fun activity. Check it out!
Hope you have a great Hallowe’en! (We are so excited here that my little guy wore this to gymnastics.)
Do you live in the Kingston area? Have kids? Come on down to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library at 1:00 tomorrow (Saturday, the 27th of September).
FREE Festival Fun for KIDS!
I will be doing a reading of Shadow Chasers and showing how I make my scenes. We’ll even create a paper piece together.
****Then, kids will get to make a take-home diorama.****
We’ll have all sorts of papers, and sculptural materials for kids to play with. It is going to be a blast!! Hope you can come. It is an activity that suits children from 2-13… well, even older – this is how I spend my days.
All the details here: https://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/kids-and-teens-kids-on-saturday.php
Sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy, Simpatico Song & Script and Friends of the Library and my patron for the festival – Chris Everdell.
Older kids may want to stay for the whole afternoon. At 3:00 Eric Walters will be at the library with his book The Rule of Three. Can’t wait to get a signed copy.
How old were you when you last read Anne of Green Gables?
Today Tundra (Random House Canada) is releasing a new edition, along with all the books in the series by L. M. Montgomery!
You can buy the box set or the buy them individually. I had fun thinking about how all the spines might work together when sitting on a shelf. A little landscape for you: http://instagram.com/p/rpX02tIwDb/
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne’s House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rilla of Ingleside
THE SET – this is a preorder item – Released Sept. 23rd
It is amazing how a book can stay with you and shape the way you see the world. It wasn’t until I revisited these stories as a adult that I realized that some of the place names I have been using all these years must have taken from the Anne series when I was a girl. I have a Cathedral Road by my childhood home and like Anne, I dreamed of getting married there. And… like Anne, a friend and I memorized Tennyson. Though neither of us ever pretended to be Elaine, floating down the river.
L. M. Montgomery is a Canadian icon and these are such wonderful stories. It was a dream to illustrate the covers for these books and work with Kelly Hill (the designer) at Tundra.
NSCAD – ROAR
I have donated the Artist Proof of the Anne of Green Gables cover to an auction that helps to raise some money for art students starting out at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The Auction is called ROAR if you would like to make a bid.
On Tumblr you can see some larger images too: http://djevojka.tumblr.com/post/90248200862/cover-art-by-elly-mackay
Hope you will enjoy these books and pick up a copy or the whole set! Look for a post on Emily of New Moon soon!
This month and last I was featured in a couple of great Canadian magazines and though I have been feeling a little shy to post this, I need to thank these lovely people (and perhaps you will be curious to check out the great articles they have written – they are online too).
For the Kid-Lit edition of Quill and Quire, I was interviewed by Dory Cerny. She had a team come up to the studio for a visit to take some photos. They drove through a snow storm… I kept waiting for them to call to cancel but they made it here and it was a great afternoon drinking tea together in the studio. Here is the link to Dory’s article and Katrina Cervoni’s photos. (Thank you Dory, Shannon, Katrina and Shayda) http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/childrens-publishing/photos-inside-elly-mackays-studio/
The other interview… was with Chatelaine. I am April’s ‘Ms. Chatelaine‘. So surreal. Dominique Lamberton wrote the article and Sian Richards drove up, to take photos. They even dolled me up with hair and make up. A very strange experience but very enjoyable too. I have only been to a spa once but it felt perhaps a bit like that. (Thank you Dominique, Sian, Briggita and Karen) Here is my boy – he found me! And here is the link: http://www.chatelaine.com/living/ms-chatelaine-elly-mackay/
Mail is exciting…. especially when it is FLOW. And super exciting when you know your art is inside. (Thanks Flow for the feature!) If you are a paper-lover, you will LOVE this magazine. This magazine has done really well in The Netherlands and so they have gone International. This is the 3rd International English edition. They always have extra little goodies – stickers, banners, notebooks – little treasures. You can buy one for yourself or a friend here: http://www.flowmagazine.com/order/