2017 BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR – AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

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I had a wonderful time at the 2017 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which was held the first week in April. It was a brilliant opportunity to show my portfolio to publishers, art directors and even a few agents. There were dozens of speeches by famous illustrators and authors, even more workshops, “masterclasses” and portfolio review sessions organised by the Italian company Mimaster, and of course you meet a lot of very talented illustrators from all over the world. It was a very useful trip; I’m glad I was able to do it and I hope to get back there again. If you would like to know more about the BCBF feel free to email me; I’ll tell you all about it!

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2016 ENDS WITH CONTEST ENTRIES AND PREPARATION FOR BOLOGNA CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR 2017

The last quarter of 2016 was certainly busy! In addition to all the wonderful things that happened in the autumn and Christmas time (see below!) I had also entered a few contests, and am now very busy preparing my portfolio and promotional materials for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, coming soon in the first week of April. It’s my first time going to the Fair, and I’m really looking forward to it!

One of my submissions for The Folio Society/House of Illustration Book Illustration Award – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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SUCCESS FOR “ZED” AT THE HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION CHRISTMAS FAIR!

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I was very honoured to have been chosen to participate in the 2016 House of Illustration Christmas Fair on Saturday, 10 December in King’s Cross, London!!! I was overwhelmed by the support and interest people showed for my Zed character and my other illustrations. I sold plenty of copies of Zed Goes Up the Mountain, as well as Christmas cards, giclée prints of a variety of my illustrations, and other gifty type items. Many thanks to everyone who made it to the fair to support us illustrators!

If you would like to buy a copy of Zed Goes Up the Mountain or see my other items for sale please feel free to email me by clicking on the address:

 jmackeylebleu@icloud.com or jean@bleujay-mackey.com.

THERE WAS PLENTY OF GOOD NEWS FOR AUTUMN 2016…

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My Book and Cards all Sold at Rizzoli Bookshop Somerset House!

My children’s book Zed Goes Up the Mountain and related greeting cards went on sale at the Rizzoli Bookshop in Somerset House, London from September 2016 through the Christmas season. I was very proud that ALL COPIES OF THE BOOK HAD BEEN SOLD! And my cards also sold, with only a few left! Somerset House is an incredible neo-classical building in central London overlooking the River Thames and is used for some of London’s biggest art, photography, design and fashion events, as well as film screenings, concerts and even ice skating. As a result, the Rizzoli Bookshop receives a tremendous number of visitors. I’ve always wished that someday I could have my work on display in this charming shop. I am very grateful to the Association of Illustrators and the management of Rizzoli Bookshop Somerset House for making this dream of mine a reality!

To learn more about Somerset House and the Rizzoli Bookshop, click here:

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk

To learn more about the Association of Illustrators click here!

http://www.theaoi.com

I had the honour of being in the 7th Annual International Illustration Research Symposium Art Exhibition!
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I was extremely honoured to have been selected to participate in the Art Exhibition at the 7th Annual International Illustration Research Symposium at the Edinburgh College of Art. The symposium, entitled Shaping the View: Understanding Landscape through Illustration, featured two days of speakers on the 10th and 11th of November, and workshops/“walkshops” on the morning of the 12th. The art exhibition displayed the works of several artists in the College’s Sculpture Court from the 7th until the 16th of November, with a Private View event from 6.30pm to 8:00pm on the 10th.

For more information about Illustration Research please click here: www.illustrationresearch.co.uk

Also in Scotland…my illustration raised £450 for Macmillan Cancer Support Glasgow!

Over to Glasgow! The same weekend of November 11th -12th my illustration of Glasgow Central Station (below) went up for auction at a fundraising ball for Glasgow’s Macmillan Cancer Support services. My past two donated images for a previous ball sold for £600 in total; I am very happy to report that one image of Central Station was sold for £450.00!

If you would like more information about making donations or volunteering for Macmillan Cancer Support, you can start by clicking here: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/fundraising/inyourarea/scotland/scotland.aspx

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OTHER GOOD NEWS in 2016…

The AOI World Illustration Awards 2016 Shortlist

And in other good news, earlier this year I was very honoured to be selected for the shortlist of the Association of Illustrators’ World Illustration Awards 2016, sponsored by the Directory of Illustration. My work continues to be on display on the AOI website under the ‘Self Initiated Work’ category for my project ‘Vinyl to Cloud’ – you can see it by clicking on this link:

http://www.theaoi.com/awards/awards-shortlist.php?type=&catid=8

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