Isosceles triangles and morning light.

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

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Exhibition in Virginia – Preparations

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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!

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Beach Baby’s Birthday!

Yesterday I was out at a school visit in Brampton. It was a wonderful day of making art with kids. It was also the book birthday for Beach Baby!

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Laurie Elmquist, illus. by Elly MacKay. Orca (Age 0-3)

From Publishers Weekly:

Beach Baby

Dreamy artwork and verse reassure readers who are headed to bed that “Everything will be here when you wake.” Debut author Elmquist’s writing seems to drift along the seashore as she lists small natural wonders: “Purple starfish/ The goose waddling up from the bay.” MacKay (Butterfly Park), once again working in dramatically lit dioramas, creates a string of gauzy, delicate scenes—the lower half of a seal’s body is obscured by a translucent rolling wave in one image, while a pale, pink moon snail, “a mystery,” almost seems to glow. Enchanting, engaging, and restful. Up to age 3.Illustrator’s agency: Bright Agency. (Apr.)

“MacKay’s…illustrations are dreamlike…This board book…captures the beauty of the ocean, and it would evoke pleasant memories when falling asleep. Recommended.” (CM Magazine 2016-01-19)
“This lovely introduction to a beach environment is a good read for naptime and evening sharing.” (School Library Journal 2016-03-01)
“A gentle and gorgeous book.” (Quill & Quire 2016-03-01)

Available at your local bookstore and online: AmazonIndigo

Laurie lives in BC but will be coming to Ontario in July, sooooooo…. We are going to have a Book Bash for Beach Baby on July 12th at Sauble Beach! It will be beside Casero at 3:30. Join us for a reading, craft and treats.

Thought you might be curious to see a couple images from our board book:

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In a few days Maya, written by Mahak Jain will be having a book birthday too!!

 

 

Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies!!

My newest book is now out!

BOOK SIGNING And PLANTING in Owen Sound
Saturday, June 6th
10-11 am *FLOWER PLANTING DOWNTOWN ~ Main Street – Scotia Bank Parkette (We have bulbs for the kids.)
11-12 am *READ ALOUD & CRAFT ~ Rocking Horse (Make a Balancing Butterfly)

Butterfly Park

To see more from the book visit http://www.runningpress.com/butterflypark
OR
7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=3743

Butterfly Park is a book about change, friendship, community, home and of course butterflies. Available at your bookstore or online:
A Heather’s Pick at Indigo
Amazon

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REVIEWS:
“Centered on the park’s elaborate art nouveau gateway, MacKay’s lyrical paper collage and diorama constructs feature layered details and out-of-focus backgrounds for a sense of depth. Brightly patterned butterflies, delicate flowers, and human figures pose like gracefully off-balance dancers. . . . Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“MacKay’s artwork recreates the feel and pleasure of Edwardian-era illustration…”
-Publishers Weekly

Elly MacKay constructs this story with delicate cut-paper illustrations, sets of photographed dioramas that glow with light. The settings are intricate—the Butterfly Park entrance gate is a thing of beauty—and MacKay’s sense of composition is spot-on. 
-BookPage

MacKay in in top form, and readers will delight in the mix of colours, textures, and perspectives she employs in creating the visual elements of this lovely book.
-Quill and Quire


 Other News

Shadow Chasers is 1 of 10 English books for the TD Summer Reading Programhttp://www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca/top-reads
Get your kids reading this summer!

I participated in my first Authors for Indies this year at the Curiosity House in Creemore. {Thank you so much for the invite Jenn!}

Maya for OwlKids is almost done… finishing touches.

Currently working on Book 4 with Running Press…. more on that to follow. 😉

I will be at the Celebrating Stories A Family Festival in Milton this October.

 

And a wonderful little girl from the USA sent Loretta and me a story she wrote based on FALL LEAVES but with the theme of spring.  Life is good!

Kingston WritersFest! This weekend.

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!

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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.****

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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.

Anne of Green Gables

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!

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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/Annex8

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne’s House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rainbow Valley
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.

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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!

Leaves are in the air…

Today we are releasing Fall Leaves!  Loretta Holland is the author. HMH Kids is the publisher. I hope you will enjoy the changing of the seasons with our book.

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You can buy it here.

Barnes and Noble  Amazon Canada  Amazon USA  Your Local Bookshop Indigo

****OWEN SOUND – BOOK SIGNING AND CRAFT – ROCKING HORSE****

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6ht, 10:30 – 12:30 The reading will be at 10:45. Hope to see you!

(October 19th – At the London Indigo Store I will also be doing a reading and craft.)

The Wall Street Journal:  Seasonal Swoon – Wall Street Journal Book Reviews

“With just a few cleverly chosen words that appear and reappear in slightly different arrangements, each phrase in large type on a page of its own, Loretta Holland summons the changes of this time of year: “Apples Fall. Leaves Fall. Fall Stays. Leaves Leave. Sun Leaves. Temperature Falls.”

These observations are accompanied by subtly enchanting pictures, which Elly MacKay has created by using light to give depth to delicate paper cutouts of a boy and a girl amid autumn’s beauty. We see the pair riding bikes, dancing in the rain and rowing on a leaf-strewn pond, the girl’s auburn hair flying in the blustery air. This lovely book can be read at its simplest to a very young child or, with more detail (each page carries a paragraph describing seasonal changes in smaller print), by 5- to 9-year-olds.” ~ Megan Cox Gurdon, Wall Street Journal. August 29, 2014