I am very proud to present a fresh-off-the-spoon hand-printed edition of my new children’s book: “Un merlo a Milano” (A blackbird in Milano).
The project started years ago, when Serena Piazza, a Milano-based Italian writer, asked me to illustrate one of her short stories. We did not have deadlines or pressures, and this was probably the reason why it took us years to finish the project!
Since then, the book has developed through experimentation, trials and errors to the mature work I am showing today.
The book tells the story of the Mayor of Milano: a middle aged, naïf character with a sleeping disorder and the passion for good food, that suddenly discovers the beauty of urban wildlife thanks to the whistle of a blackbird.
During the years of its incubation, I have approached the project experimenting a variety of techniques: from cut paper to pop ups, to digital drawings and linocut, to finally creating a series of 13 images made of two layers of linocut illustrations, partly cut to reveal the underlying image and to create three-dimensional scenes.
Here are images of the final book, that is now looking for a publisher wishing to present it to a wider audience: