Last year I was invited to participate in a quilt project developed by Muriel Feldshuh. Muriel is a wonderful literacy advocate. After “retiring” after 30+ years working as a librarian, she continues to be actively involved in the Books for Kids Foundation which promotes literacy among youths. One of the organization’s projects is to launch children’s libraries in under served areas.
Since 1997, Muriel has been inviting authors and illustrators to illustrate a square of the quilt, which she then pieces together by hand. Her beautiful quilts are displayed all over the country. I had participated in the past when she made her 2009 quilt and was happy to do it again last year when Soup Day came out. I painted a version of my character reading instead of eating soup. 🙂
Check out the back of the postcard which has a list of all the participating artists:
I especially love the Ezra Jack Keats one from “A Letter to Amy” –such a wonderful book!
This Saturday (March 3, 2012) is the grand opening for the literacy quilt to be on display at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11213). I will be there along with other artists to read and talk to the children. My scheduled slot is 12-1 pm. I’ll be reading Soup Day and talking about how I created the artwork for the book. I used all different types of materials, from painted paper, origami paper, cotton balls, photographs, to dried pasta and sequins to make my collages. I then scanned them into the computer and cleaned them up and added details, such as falling snow, some shadows, a bit of frost on the window panes…
At the museum, I’ll do a collage demo and help kids make their own collage creations there.
If you are in the area, please come by and join us and celebrate reading and books! Also, please pass the information on to folks you think might be interested. Thanks!