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Stories of hope from Tiny Owl artists in lockdown!

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To celebrate the publication of Unlocked: Stories of Hope from Tiny Owl Artists in Lockdown, along with the gradual easing of lockdown across the UK, we thought this would be the perfect time to introduce you to the incredible team of artists, from all over the world, who’ve contributed to this special collection of memories!

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Jenny Bloomfield (UK)

Jenny Bloomfield completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2019. Drawing and image making is what makes her happy every day. On her Instagram page, she has shared a new piece of art each day since September 2014! Jenny lives in Leeds with her husband, two children and an angry, fat cat called Pop-Pops. Her other work with Tiny Owl includes We All Celebrate! (2021).

Ehsan Abdollahi (Iran)

Ehsan Abdollahi is an illustrator and animator, and teaches at Tehran Art University in Iran. He creates handmade and hand-coloured paper in his collages. His art is inspired by the environment and the fabrics from Southern Iran. His other books with Tiny Owl include When I Coloured in the World (2015), A Bottle of Happiness (2016), Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (2018), The Secret of the Tattered Shoes (2019).

Piet Grobler (South Africa – Portugal)

Piet Grobler is an acclaimed, multi-award winning South African illustrator and author of over 80 wonderfully witty books for children. He now lives in sunny Portugal. He co-founded the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society, which he set up whilst Course Leader for Illustration at the University of Worcester. His other books with Tiny Owl include Paris Cat (2020).

Sarah van Dongen (Netherlands)

Sarah van Dongen is an author and illustrator, born in Rotterdam. After studying Literature in Utrecht and Amsterdam, she then completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge. She grew up with vegetable gardens, an orangery, a herd of dear, and plenty of green space to explore! Sarah’s childhood still inspires her work today. Her other work with Tiny Owl includes her picture book debut The Neighbourhood Surprise (2021).

Kate Milner (UK)

Kate Milner is an author and illustrator, who has published many books. She completed an MA in illustration from Anglia Ruskin. She won the V&A Student Illustration Award in 2016 and the Klaus Flugge Prize in 2018. Her brilliant illustrations and prints have been published in magazines and exhibited in galleries across London. Her other books with Tiny Owl include Sorry, Mrs Cake (2021).

Jenny Duke (UK)

Jenny Duke has always loved books and making pictures. Before delving into the world of illustration, she worked with children, teachers, and museums. Since her MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge University, she has been working on a number of projects, several based in East Anglia where the skies, water and light inspire much of her work. Her books always begin by drawing, but she never knows where a project will take her until much later!

Nahid Kazemi (Iran – Canada)

Nahid Kazemi has illustrated more than 50 books for children and received her Master’s from Tehran Art University. She has appeared at national and international festivals. She likes to explore collage and textiles within her work. She currently lives in Canada. Her other books with Tiny Owl include Alive Again (2015) and The Orange House (2016).

Dunja Jogan (Slovenia – Italy)

Dunja Jogan is an artist and graphic designer who has published several books. Her work has been selected five times for the Italian Illustrators Annual. Originally from Slovenia, she currently lives in Trieste, Italy. Her book Felix After the Rain (2020) was awarded the English PEN Translates Award (2019) which allowed Tiny Owl to translate it from Slovenian.

Hazel Terry (UK)

Hazel Terry is an author and illustrator living in Edinburgh. She has studied many different types of art, including Drawing and Painting in Edinburgh College of Art, and an MA in Illustration from the University of Hertfordshire. She uses all types of supplies and mediums in her art, creating beautiful designs with everyday objects. Her other work with Tiny Owl includes her picture book debut Rock and Roll (2021).

Maria Christania Winardi (Indonesia – UK)

Maria Christania Winardi grew up in Indonesia. She studied her degree in Visual Communication Design at Bandung Institute of Technology before working as a freelance graphic designer and spending a few years teaching in a nursery. In 2014, she moved to the UK with her husband, before completing an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She currently lives in Milton Keynes, working part-time in a nursery, and dedicating her evenings to illustration.

Ken Wilson-Max (Zimbabwe – UK)

Ken Wilson-Max grew up in Zimbabwe. He travelled to the UK to study Design, and then began working in children’s publishing. He has illustrated and worked on more than 60 books. Ken frequently works with children in schools and libraries, and also publishes a newspaper for children called Chicken! His other books with Tiny Owl include The Drum (2018) and The Flute (2019).

Catell Ronca (Switzerland)

Catell Ronca lives and works in Lucerne, Switzerland. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and works for a variety of international clients in publishing and advertising. Her work is regularly recognised in illustration annuals. Some of her favourite things are the Swiss Alps, hand painted folk art, and making ceramic objects and tiles. Her other books with Tiny Owl include The Drum and The Flute.

Anna Doherty (UK)

Anna Doherty is an illustrator from sunny Scotland, now based in Cambridge. She adores drawing, writing, and every single dog in the world. Outside of illustration, her main skills in life are rock, paper, scissors, and swimming long distances under water without breathing! Her other books with Tiny Owl include Fair Shares (2019) and Best Test (2021).

Nicola Davies (UK)

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author of over fifty books, but it was with Tiny Owl that she dived into the wonderful world of illustration with her beautiful story Last: The Story of the White Rhino (2020)! Originally training as a zoologist, from the moment she could walk, she has been fascinated by animals, getting her first pair of binoculars for her eighth birthday. She was even one of the original presenters of the BBC’s The Really Wild Show. She lives in Powys, Wales.

Dale Blankenaar (South Africa)

Dale Blankenaar is a picture book illustrator and designer from South Africa. He has illustrated over 30 picture books. He has won several international awards. In his work, he often loves to experiment with bright primary colours and explore different cultures such the wood sculpture of West Africa. His other books with Tiny Owl include Quill Soup (2019).

  • Read a blog: Tiny Owl to publish international anthology inspired by lockdown
  • Watch: In conversation with Nicola Davies
  • Watch: In conversation with Kate Milner

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