Emily Hughes at Summer Camps
This year, our Summer Camps project will be made even more special by a guest of honor: from the 8th to the 12th of June, in Bologna’s Cineteca, the English illustrator Emily Hughes, helped by the children enrolled in the first week of camp, will grow a forest of wondrous creatures and tangled vines, creating the characters that will become a small stop motion animation film.
Just like the children, Emily Hughes will become a member of a very special tribe, the “Tribù dei Testainsù”, a community where everyone shares the experience of playing with pictures, both still and moving, through experimentation of animation techniques, lestining to stories, watching movies and exploring the world all around. The artist will mix her own wild characters and stories with the tricks of animation and will take the whole tribe into a magical world where everyone can explore their own different identity.
Crazy vegetation, tangled hair, wild creatures and crooked houses permeate Emily Hughes artistic world, evoking an innocent kind of madness that is only possible when all the elements of chaos mix together into perfect harmony. Her vivid, warm colours and lively pencil call forth the joys and errors of childhood.
Thursday, June 11th, at 2:30 pm Emily Hughes will be the guest of a private conference for the students attending the School of Illustration of Bologna’s Fine Art’s Academy. She will share with them her journey as an artist, from her student years and inspirations to her work method and her experience in the English publishing world.
Emily Hughes’ invitation to Bologna is part of the mobility programs promoted by TRANSBOOK. Children’s Literature on the move, a Creative Europe 2014/2020 project coordinated by Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse (France) and in partnership with Europäische Kinderund Jugendbuchmesse Saarbrücken (Germany), Tantàgora (Spain), Arts Basics for Children (Belgium), Nobrow Ltd (UK), Literárne informačné centrum (Slovakia), and Hamelin Associazione Culturale (Italia).
Emily Hughes was born in Hilo in the Hawaiian Islands (USA) but lives and works in London. She began her career in 2012 winning second prize in the Macmillan Prize with the project for the book Nana Shaped Like a Banana, and gaining recognition as one of the most innovative illustrators of the English area. She has published with Norbrow in the Flying Eyes book series: in 2014 Wild and in 2015 The Little Gardener.