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:

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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!!

 

 

A Family of Makers

This post is coming rather late, very late. Today is the last day of a show our family put on together. It is called Family Works and is at the Artists’ Coop in Owen Sound, Ontario. My Mom, Joan Irvine and my brother’s fiance, Christine Su are both paper artists as well. My Dad, Steve Irvine makes pottery and one of a kind ceramic pinhole cameras. And my husband, Simon MacKay is a woodworker and uses a combination of wood and concrete to make boxes. Some families play music together… when we get together we like to pull out the clay or paper, talk and drink tea. My kids love making things too.  Here are a few photos from the show.

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Steve Irvine – pinhole camera

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Simon MacKay – multilayered boxes in wood and concrete

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Elly MacKay – Emily of New Moon cover, Anne of Windy Poplars cover and Anne of Avonlea cover (for Penguin Random House)

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Christine Su – cut paper

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Joan Irvine – cut paper, yupo paper – Pink Moon series

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Christine Su – block prints

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Steve Irvine – ceramic platters

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Simon MacKay – layered boxes

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A collaborative piece – the base of this was done by Simon MacKay, the top by Steve Irvine

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Lily and her buddy at the opening.

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Koen and his much bigger friend at the opening.

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A close up of one of Joan Irvine’s Pink Moon series.

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Good friends.

We are thankful for our family members that drove from London to join us, our supportive community and the Coop for hosting us. If you see anything in the show that you would like to own or give, let me know. We are happy to ship! There was a nice little article on our show too. http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2014/11/02/gallery-show-a-family-affair One of the reasons I was so late in posting this is because I was working away on Butterfly Park. It is intricate work… oh, so many little flowers! It is now at the printer and will be out in the spring! Thanks Marlo and Francis of Running Press for all of the hard work you put into this book. 9enterpark

More Miniatures

Happy New Year!

Today was my first day back in the studio after Christmas in London and with my family in Big Bay. It was so great to get to work again. My wonderful fella made me two more boxes to create dioramas in… tiny and lovely. It has been a challenge to work so small. I thought before I crazy glue in the layers of paper, I would test them out in my little theater. Here are some of the results… very exciting.

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The one with the little boy: He found the rarest of thistles by his rock in the woods.

The one with the little girl: She wove her crown from the flowers that grew around her.

They will sit side by side… based on my brother (Seth Irvine) who would sit on his rock… and a girl who lived down the road in house surrounded by glorious gardens (Margaret Loney, almost a sister). I enjoyed spending time with both of them this Christmas.

Jacqueline Wagner brews up some great paper art…

I’ve recently been in touch with Jacqueline Wagner. She an illustrator and set designer working in England, originally from Germany.  I am really impressed with her mix of bold colours, retro and 3 dimensional elements.

Here is one of my favourites. The crispness of the shapes and the angle of the shot really makes it for me. Just lovely.

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Jacqueline Wagner.

Check out her fun and innovative work: http://www.wagner.de.com

She also sells these fun pins here: http://wagner.de.com/shop.html