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Illustrated poems

Personal project close to my heart : illustrating my mother’s poems.

Having Parkinson’s disease, writing little poems was a way to escape her body. I’d love to make booklets with those as an imaginary conversation between mother and daughter.

It is a series of three booklets of 16 poems. Hand-bossed, hand-stitched cover.

My mother was half-Chinese and I thought it will be a nice opportunity to try reconnecting to my roots by letting myself be inspired by some asian elements. Also because this project is very personal, I have used traditional mediums. I think through the pencils marks or the brushstrokes you can feel more emotions. So I’m learning to let go of my vector ‘perfect’ lines and I’m trying to embrace the ‘imperfections’. There’s still a long way to go…

It’s not easy to illustrate poems, especially when they are short and quite visual. How my illustrations bring something different to it that is not needed? It took me a lot of attempts to find a way to create a dialogue with the words, my aim is to encourage the reader’s imagination.

Poems by my mother, illustrations by me.

Click on the arrows to see al the pages of the first booklet :

Click on the arrows to see al the pages of the second booklet :

Click on the arrows to see al the pages of the third booklet :