Fly Away Pinocchio

Yes, Bologna’s book fair is coming and coming really fast. It’s been a good year full of creative flow and interesting ideas. But mainly what really happened is I’ve gone back to doing my fabric collage which I really love doing. I had a break from them and that was good as I needed to inject some freshness into it and that only happens when you’re away from something…

As I promised this is another image from my Pinocchio development. He’s flying on a pigeon and like me it is ready to go far.

Pinocchio-pigeon

Hanging Pinocchio

hanging Pinocchio

I’ve been working hard towards this year’s Bologna children’s book fair. Lots of ideas, experiments, I’ve tried quirky and classic techniques… This is one of the images in a series of illustrations inspired by the Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio. I’ve created it with fabric and watercolours and it was really an enjoyable process all the way: a process of discovery I would say.

It’s funny how as a child I never really liked that book. It’s a story that if you read it in a rush or just flick through the pages, as I did back in school, might seem gloomy and moralistic really confined to an Italy that mainly doesn’t exist anymore.The main motto being: bad things are going to happen if you don’t behave…  Instead, with the eyes of an adult, I find it an original tale. The imaginary so vivid and full of life. The tale of a puppet born out of the skillful hands of a poor carpenter who finds it hard to live  a normal life like everyone else in the village and goes through numerous adventures full of amazing and unusual characters. It’s a fantastic story of self discovery and I recommend everyone who hasn’t read it yet to go and buy the book or borrow it at the local library…

I would love to illustrate this book! This is my Pinocchio who after being mislead and mistreated is finally hung by the fox and the cat and has a brief encounter with Death itself… I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t read it yet…

More images to come…