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Monday, May 20, 2019

Japan Research Trip of Basho funded by Australian Gov

From this Thus, author Libby Hathorn and I will visit Japan, funded by Australian Government. In order to get inspired to work on our picturebook project, we'll trace back a part of Basho's journey, absorb ourselves into landscapes and people in the short travel (map below). The two main purposes of the trip are :research on Japanese haiku establisher Basho, 
a cultural bridge between Australia and Japan. 
School visit in Tokyo will be fun! See you soon, children in an international school!  
I will sketch around and interview people to build up the images of Basho and our characters, little children in the text. Particularly, I'll collect visual information in museums, figures, land scenes etc as much as possible. 
Then, when we'll come home, we'll work on our picturebook project.  
Basho's Journey in Edo Era
I so much appreciate my supporters :  Helen Chamberlin, Books Illustrated, Margaret Hamilton AM, Susanne Gervay AM, Dr Robin Morrow AM, Gail Erskine, university lecturers, peak bodies/CBCA, SCBWI, ASA, NAVA, Accessible Arts NSW, WestWords, etc. 
Thank you very much for your support, Friends!! Above all, Australia Council for the arts! 
We’ll do our best to produce a quality Australian picturebook and contribute to the cultural exchange between Australia and Japan, and moreover, at the global level.   
Happy Painting and Happy Illustrating!


Monday, May 13, 2019

International Board of Books for Young People, Lost in Books

Friends, in a new institution Lost in Books, I thoroughly enjoyed a great exhibition of 191 Honour Books from 60 countries in 50 languages selected by the International Board on Books for Young PeopleIBBY Honour books’ rich creativity and great diversity should be appreciated all over the world, Dr Robin Morrow claimed at the Best Books of the World exhibition launch. (*I once met Lost in Books in the event run by WestWords.)  
Honour books bridge across languages, cultures and generations. Robin proudly asserted, “Children’s books can be anything but childish!” In a socioeconomic and cultural aspect, it is vital to read books with young people, support bookshops and libraries so that children will gain literacy, knowledge, linguistic competence, self-esteem and furthermore, empathy.
With historical facts of IBBY, Robin urged audience to consider the current social issues, the importance of children’s literature and the support of literacy activities from a micro to macro level. And Robin and I got excited together to celebrate that my mentor, Ann James and Libby Gleeson are nominees of Anderson Award. Robin has always encouraged me and taught me about children's literature since the start of my career. Thank you very much, Robin. 
Wordless picture book and Lost in Books Staff. 
I bought a silent picture book and my favourite Canadian illustrator's book.
Sensible and thoughtful labels 

Regarding the linguistic diversity in a residential area, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese are majority. I visited Fairfield public library and examined the demography from a catalogue and librarians. In the exhibition, lovely to see the books related to Aboriginal people on the shelf. Wordless picture books are displayed as well as others. 
Thank you very much, Lost in Books staff, for hard work and a lovely smile. May this little shop bring children literature, dream, hope and love. If you like, come to my facebook. IBBY shared my FB post. 
Friends, if you have a chance, come over to this exhibition. You can find your own treasure! 
Small is powerful!


Monday, April 29, 2019

SCBWI Illustration Workshop

SCBWI Scribble was a great and inspiring workshop for picturebook creators. Host Lindy Batchelor helped our appreciation of work. We, illustrators and authors sketched at each stop for 15 to 20 minutes in NSW Art Gallery. *if you want to know more, come over my facebook that shared SCBWI's photos, too. 

William Dobell's self-portrait, oil interested me, a watercolour painter.
One line drawing of SCBWI staff! Thank you very much for organising it for us. 
Study of "Summer morning" (oil) by Elioth Gruner. Light and colour intrigued me.
"The England Channel," sculpture by Michael Parekowhai. This provocative work on James Cook is slippery, reflecting our distorted images on himself like a mirror. Yet, he looked sad in my eyes.
"Reconciliation," work in progress. The Indigenous people's sculptures inspired me. We, Australians' dream that children and Aboriginal people will dance together in the future.
Lindy, you're so informative, inspiring, caring and sensitive to each participant. Thank you very much for your labour of love. Really a wonderful event has offered a mutual support, networking and friendship. 
Friends, with my mentors (Ann James, Helen Chamberlin) and established creators' support, I enjoy my career in publishing industry. Happy Painting! 


Thursday, April 25, 2019

ANZAC day, Digger

25th, April is ANZAC day. A national remembrance in Australia and New Zealand of those who served and sacrificed for countries. I sketched a new "digger" statue set up by a local council and RSL club. He looked sad. What do you think, Friends?  
While I was sketching this digger, I had a chat with him. The digger told me that he really wanted to go home, Australia. I shed tears. Mentally and physically, his formidably stressful life in a trench should have hurt and changed a young sensitive soldier so much. I remembered the book, "All Quiet on the Western Front." Although the book depicts German soldiers in a trench in WWI, the theme is universal. It tells anti-war in my eye.  

Btw, do you know about the noun, "digger"?  
After WWI, a “digger” became an official name for a veteran in Australia. Originally, a "digger" meant “a miner” in Australian English slang. It came up since 1849. The word revived in World War I to refer to an Australian soldier. British troops used the “digger” to refer to Australian and NZ troops. Then, today, it refers a veteran. 
Friends, "Peace, forever." Never, ever make young soldiers sad again. 


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy and Safe Easter Holiday!

How many eggs did you find? Friends, Happy Easter and have a safe holiday season! 
Best wishes, Sadami 


Monday, April 15, 2019

High Tea with Our Stars at Penguin Random House

"High Tea with Our Stars" at Penguin Random House was really great and very good for networking and self-promotion. Special thanks to CBCA, each presenter and audience. You can find Australian prominent picture book creators in this post. I've learned a lot from the event. *(A speaker put on a colourful hat like me!) First, I thank for hardworking CBCA staff behind scenes. You're the real super heroes. 
Now, all these people are top notches and the wonderful CBCA staff. Among them, Margaret Hamilton AM did my mentorship in Pinerolo in 2017. These super stars delightedly foster emerging illustrators and authors. 
Emma Quay. My super hero, woohooo! I've admired her art work, drawing/writing skills and techniques. Emma and I have become friends. This sweet lady supports me well. I will soon catch up her in another meeting. Thank you for inviting me to the group meeting. 
Thank you very much, so kind Libby Hathorn, my another superhero. I love her new release, "Miss Franklin." You, too, support this emerging illustrator, Sadami. 
Hancy Pancy, a lovely author encourages me so much to challenge portraits as well as illustration. Yes, I will! Portraits are my passion!! Thank you for reminding me of the important thing. 
Friends, the point of this event was networking, catching up and self-promotion. I'm a life long learner and happy to be surrounded by such generous and supportive top people. You can find our conversations on my facebook.
Btw, I'm working on the two images of "Stations of the Cross" commissioned work, ordered by a church. Dead hurry. But fun and learning. Hopefully, I can show you something, soon. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Drawing.   


Friday, April 12, 2019

See you at CBCA High Tea!

I'm delighted, honoured and included in the presenters. See you tomorrow! *I've been very busy though, I always think of this blog and you, Friends.  Thank you for long years support and big cheering all the time. 

High Tea with Our Stars AGM event on Saturday April 13, 2019.
Venue | Penguin Random House | Level 3, 100 Pacific Highway | North Sydney NSW
Time    | 3pm – 5.30pm

 Members | FREE -|- Non-members | $40.00 -|- BOOK NOW
STARS presenting:
Nat Amoore | Elizabeth Cummings | Anne Donnelly | Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti | M C D Etheridge | Lesley Gibbes | Catherine Greer | Susan Hancy | Libby Hathorn | Jackie Harvey | Nette Hilton |  Kate Forsyth | Sadami Konchi | Ali Lavau | Peter Macinnis | Amelia McInerney | Katrina McKelvey | Aura Parker | Oliver Phommavanh | Antonia Presenti | Emma Quay | Paul Russell | Matthew Shalvey | Shelley Unwin | Frances Watts | Karen West