Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Artist Series with Anna Walker








If you have children, chances are you have several Anna Walker books in your home. Filled with whimsical illustrations and lovable characters, her books are keepsakes worthy of display when not being read.

Subtle colours, approachable, pink cheeked faces and endearing story lines make them some of our favourites. In fact, as soon as I knew my young Pippi was a girl, I bought the first copy of 'Birthday Surprise' I could get my hands on. Peachy pink and filled with love, it's a story we treasure to this day.

As we approach the birth of another baby at The Beetle Shack, I'm incredibly honoured to feature Anna's work in my header. A reading girl and her bunny friend - a joy filled face brimming with contentment.

A prophesy?


I asked Anna some quick questions which you can read below- I was speechless at the beauty of her responses, in fact- this hormonal pregnant woman actually shed a tear or two... or three.


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EB - what inspired you to to be an illustrator?
AW -Looking at picture books when I was little inspired me to be an illustrator. My mum was a librarian, which I imagine had a big influence on my love of books before I could even speak!


EB - What is your favourite colour?
AW - Colours are transient things in my mind and attached to the light and moment. My favourite time of the year is winter because of the beautiful soft greys and greens. The cloudy, gentle colour of rain and deep puddle colours come to mind when I think of my favourite colours today.


EB - Is there a symbol that you find yourself using repeatedly in your work? Can you explain it to us?
AW - I think rather than an actual image repeated I probably repeat feelings. In my work I enjoy exploring quiet moments within the busy world around us. Times in which a character is stopping and looking around taking in the way a beetle crawls across the pavement or a small chook is watching her reflection in a window. Characters amuse me and I love to explore those tiny moments that make me smile.


EB - What is your happiest childhood memory?
AW - Some of my happiest childhood memories are:Christmas time, when all the family was together in Sydney, there was swimming, cicadas singing and Nanny's Christmas mince tartsPainting and sewing with my GrandmotherSeeing the pink cake that was made for me for my birthdayClimbing the cherry tree in our front garden with my cat


EB - What is your greatest achievement?
AW - My beautiful children, Olive, Joseph and Sam.  


EB - Did it take long to truly develop your own style? It is so unique and identifiable.
AW - I never think of myself as having a unique style. I love working with ink and pencil but enjoy exploring other mediums including printmaking and sewing. When I look back on my work from over ten years ago it has developed and come a long way! The illustration journey takes time, I feel like I am not at my destination yet, and always looking to develop the images and stories further. Luckily I have some lovely projects underway to be able to do this!

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Thank you so much for your time Anna, what a privilege it is.


You can explore Anna's blog here, find her on Facebook here and please, do yourself a favour and print some beautiful activity sheets here (hello Primary School teachers and Parents alike, i'm talking to you). It's a visual feast, I promise. Enjoy being a child again, my friends - Anna Walker will take you there!

14 comments:

  1. I love anna walkers books and illustrations. we have many of those adorning our shelves and for Easter I gifted the children All Through The year! Anna's illustrations are just so whimiscal and magical...thank you Em for sharing such a artist with us!

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  2. i am so happy for the introduction to anna's books this morning emily! thank you :)
    have just gone and reserved some at our library...for elsa (for me!!)
    such beautiful illustrations. loved your interview and i watched anna's little film about her studio on you tube. she seems the sweetest lady and that completely comes through in her work. xx

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  3. What a beautiful talent! Thank you for the introduction.

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    1. (Oh, and Joseph and Olive are beautiful names).

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  4. I love her illustrations. We have one of her books for Lulu thus far, but am sure we'll collect some more as the years go on. Thanks for highlighting her work x

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  5. Love, love, love the new header! Now if it was a cheeky boy and a rabbit... Jarvis was born in the year of the rabbit...it would be perfect in my son's room

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  6. I love love love your new header it is so cute.
    x

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  7. we LOVE anna walker books, em! (hi anna!). wonderful interview both of you x

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  8. Brilliant. Oh, my heart is a flutter. I JUST LOVE THIS! I love how she has captured every feeling an emotion so simply, honestly...
    Fantabulous!

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  9. My four year old daughter has I Love to Dance and I Love to Sing and they are amongst her favourites. beautiful

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  10. Thank you for your sharing, like your blog

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  11. What a great post! I love Ann Walker books!

    Gorgeous illustrations... Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Thank you for introducing this wonderful artist to me... She is wonderful!! I always wondered if those were in fact their real names or just what you call them (we have friends who call their daighter bubbles - actually everyone calls her that ... Her actual name is Calista...and my daughter Nika is actually Dominique) I love 'love' names!! Olive is beautiful though and so is Joseph can't wait for the announcement of your brand spanking new lady babies name ...*BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT!!!* congrats by the way ;-) clever girl u!!

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  13. ما تهتم به شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض هو البحث عن كيفة علاج مشاكل تسريبات المياه التي تطرأ علي المكان فجأة بواسطة اجهزة الكشف الحدية التي تستخدمها شركة كشف تسربات بالرياض والتي تسعي للوصول الي افضل النتائج المثالية القادرة علي حل هذه المشكلة بدون تدمير فالاعتماد علي الاساليب الحديثة يساعدكم في الحصول علي نتيجة مثالية في مصلحة العميل فنحن لا نكتفي بتقديم هذه الاعمال في مدينة الرياض فقط بلا لدينا الفنين المتميزة الذي يقدمون شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام التي تعمل علي حل مشكلة البيت بدون الاعتماد علي ا اساليب تقليدية التي تستخدما بعض مقدمي خدمة شركة كشف تسربات بالدمام فلا تتكايل بشأن هذا العمل بالذات لانه يحل لك الكثير من المشاكل

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em