Everychildismychild: motherhood, papercutting and Iceland

 

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I am very proud to be part of this beauty, published today by Salani Editore: 33 Italian celebrities have been asked to think back on their childhood and to write a story about memories and happiness. Each story has been assigned to an artist that had to create one full colour illustrator over the Summer.

The result is a gorgeous, colourful book, that has been created to fund the construction of a school for young refugees by the border with Syria.

When I was involved in this project, I was about to leave for a two months family adventure in Iceland. We were about to take our seven month young child with us on a road trip and to sleep in the nature in our small green tent.

Accepting this task sounded very challenging, but I wanted to be part of it with all my heart, and I was sure I would make things work.

I made it, and here is my illustration!

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My illustration in the book and the original piece

Iceland is great and great are its libraries and swimming pools, that became temporary studio spaces during what I call my nomadic residency.

The story I was asked to illustrate was written by Italian actor Paolo Calabresi, and tells of how a father helps his child say goodbye to his beloved dog and how he creates a brand new happy memory to protect him. I loved reading it and I wanted to make something equally light and delicate.

The first step was to think of a rough structure through a series of quick sketches:

Once I was happy with the general composition, I made a full size drawing and proceeded with erasures and small adjustment until I was satisfied and ready to cut the lines traced on one sheet of white paper.

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Alessio attacking my work (he is fast).

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The papercut and its shadow.

The papercut had then to be lit up by a colourful background, that I created using layers of card glued together.

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The papercut and the background, assembled together.

The final step was to photograph the piece. I used thick cardboard to create thickness and incorporate some shadows in my final design.

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The assistant to Mattia the photographer

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Small pieces of cardboard are hidden behind the paper to create the right amount of depth and shadows.

More information on the book and on how to support #everychildismychild project can be found here: http://www.everychildismychild.it/

And if someone is curious about our Icelandic experience, here is what Alessio Vulcano saw: https://youtu.be/WKFiceyD0IY

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