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Monday, May 27, 2013

Sydney Writers' Festival 2013

Hi, Friends, did you enjoy your weekend? I had a wonderful time with many authors and illustrators in Sydney Writers' Festival (23 May to 26 May). It had a broad range of topics and many events from children's fun to politics in literature. Leading people got togther in our publishing industry. I was particularly looking forward to seeing Sally Rippin, Libby Gleeson and Judith Ridge.

Sally Rippin (author/illustrator, above) is from Melbourne. Oh, Sally is so popular. Her workshop, "What It Takes to Write Great Kids Books" was sold out! She is an idol for children and adults! This charming and humorous lady is very sensitive and so caring! (*I soon realised she kindly offered me help at a stairway). We often had big laughs and chuckled together.

I sketched Sally during a fun workshop, "Making Characters Who Do What You Want Them to Do!"  That workshop inspired me so much! Hey, Friends, it was very interesting to see how other illustrators develop characters. And people around me were saying, "Ooohh, wow..." looking at my quick sketch. 

Then, I attended Libby Gleeson (author)'s 2 panell discussions. One was "Creative Writing as Freedom, Education as Exploration."  Panellers tried to empower disadvantaged people by creative writing. I admire Libby Gleeson. Libby is one of Australia's best known and most highly regarded writers for young people. I check her any articles on children picture books and literature. She's a deep thinker with great enthusiasm for children's literature and so caring for emerging talents. Libby always encourages me and supports me so much! In the discussions, interesting arguments covered from politics, feminism to young people's creativity in respct of literature and writing. Ah, I'm a life long learner! 


Judith Ridge is one of the key persons for publishing industry and fine art activities, especially, for Western Sydney. The project, "WestWords," is brilliant and exciting. Caring Libby introduced me to Judith. Kind Judith welcomed me. I'd like to talk about an Immigrant Women Speakout Association publishing project that I was involved last year. Judith gave me her precious time. We had a friendly talk. My "souvenir" to IWSA!


The Writers Festival was terrific! So many book lovers and writers-wannabes were, too, at pires in Walsh Bay, just under Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Oh, yes, all these key persons above also belong to Australian Society of Authors and me, too. So, the Festival is the place for catching up as well as knowing each other.

Friends, networking is critially important, particularly, for illustration job. If you come across any conferences and big workshops related to your work, I highly recommend you to join them. I always learn lots and make friends with wonderful people and catch up with nice old friends. Surrounded by excellent people in our industry, I'm very happy and keep up my ongoing picture book projects. Nice, those leading people all care for me cheer me up.
Hahahaha, Sally and I will get together in her bookshop tour in Sydney this week. It would be a great fun!! 
Friends, Happy Painting, Happy Cuppa with same minded people!!!  







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26 comments:

  1. Hi Sadami,

    It was lovely to meet you yesterday. Watching you paint felt like magic.

    I hope I will see you around. Are you involved in SCBWI at all? I have found them a welcoming and supportive group. http://scbwiaustralianz.com/

    Best wishes
    Penny

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    1. Hi, Penny, Very happy to meet u there. Sure, we will see in a near future. thank u so much(the model was "super" good!) for compliments and precious information. I'll join it in the future. So far, "Australian Society Authors" backs up me. ASA's illo show case, "Stylefile" is known for high quality where publishers "buy" illustrators. You'll find so many famous illustrators. Sally is in. Me, too, in. ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ·.•*•♫°•♫·.•ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Hola Sadami. Veo que sigues tan activa como siempre.
    ¡Tus trabajos fantásticos!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Onera! Sí, estoy muy ocupado y activo! Y sé, también disfruta de darwing, no eres! ¡ sí!
      Un abrazo, Sadami

      Thank you, Onera!! Yes, I'm active and very busy! And I know you, too, enjoy darwing, aren't you!! Yey!
      A hug, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Hello Sadami. I see that you are still as active as ever.
      Your fantastic work!
      A hug.

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  3. You've met some wonderful people! So kind of them to help and advise you! Great sketches as always!

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    1. Hi, Judy, thank u so much! Yes, people in our industry is very nice. I'll keep up!!
      Kinkd regards, Sadami

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  4. Wonderful portrait! great job Sadami, Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Mari, thanks millions! I'll keep up. Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Hola Sadami, es una suerte estar rodeada de gente tan interesante y que aportan tanto a la ilustracion. Y gracias por hablarnos de ellos, no conocia su obra.
    Como siempre los apuntes deliciosos! Un abrazo

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    1. Hola, Tina,
      ¡Muchas gracias! Sí, es maravilloso que protagonistas felizmente me ayudan y le informamos sobre su trabajo, también. Eres tan simpático como siempre. Tanto me alienta. Tenga cuidado y Déjenos disfrutar de dibujo.
      Un saludo y un abrazo, Sadami

      Hi, Tina,
      Thank you very much! Yes, it's wonderful that leading figures happily help me and I'll inform you about their work, too. You're so nice as always. It encourages me so much. Take care and let us enjoy drawing.
      Best wishes and a hug, Sadami

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      Hello Sadami, is fortunate to be surrounded by interesting people and bringing so much to the enlightenment. And please tell us about them, did not know his work.
      As always delicious notes! A hug

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  6. Hola, Sadami. Lo que cuentas es muy interesante y atractivo. Gracias por compartir. Tus dibujos, llenos de vida!!
    Un abrazo y una muy feliz semana!!

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    1. Hola, J.Paz, muchas gracias! Yo mantenerse y deseen explorar paisajes y arquitectura (odio a todos). Usted también gozan de dibujo y tiene una semana productiva!
      Un saludo y un abrazo, Sadami

      Hi, J.Paz, thank you so much! I'll keep up and want to explore landscapes and architecture (I hate them all). You, too, enjoy drawing and have a productive week!!
      Best wishes and a hug, Sadami

      >>>J.Paz said...
      Hello, Sadami. What counts is very interesting and attractive. Thank you for sharing. Your drawings, full of life!
      A hug and a very happy week!

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  7. Another beautiful post! Sounds like a great conference.

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    1. Thnak u, Dan! Yes, indeed, this conference is the typical example, a place for networking, catching up, exchanging updated info in publishing industry. That's what we, publishing industry people all the time do. Have a productive week!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  8. wonderful post--as always and I love your paintings and drawing!

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    1. Hi, Cleste, thanks millions for warm cheers that help me to go forward!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful time, Sadami! It's always fun to meet all these people and share the same passion. I love your sketches as always..

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    1. Hi, Hilda, thank u very much! Really a nice time we had! I'll keep up sketching and illo.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Love your sketches - and you are so right that networking is important - more so if you can do it in person. People remember faces more! Soon people will be saying, 'I met Sadami.' xx

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    1. Hi, Pat, thank u! Yes, you know it. Anyway, take care and enjoy writing!!
      xx Sadami

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  11. illustrators and authors sketches are just great ...sure they would like to keep them ...sounds like you had a good time ... glad you finished your deadline sadami and you got positive feedback

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  12. Hi, Jane, yes, models happily keep them. The event was really great.
    Yey, Australian Council says "Excellent" for the education picture book. I handled a tight time frame well. You, too, enjoy watercolour!
    Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. Hey Sadami. I've been away from blogging for a while. Great to see that you've done so much wonderful art meanwhile. It's always a big inspiration to visit your blog.

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  14. Hi, Stephan, thanks millions! Your blog posts are always inspirations! Keep up!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  15. さだみさんへ
    self-acceptanceは、なかなかむずかしいですね。
    私の、もっとうは最近、新しい1日が始まったら、昨日のことは、ひっぱらないということ。
    いやなこといろいろあっても、もうきょうは、違う1日と思うようにすると、楽です。
    最近、いいことばっかりつづいていて怖いくらいだったのですが、そんなに世の中あまくない。
    がっくりくるようなが、ありましたが、それを、何万回おもってもしようがないと前向きになれるようになりました。そうすると、すべてが、いいほうに向いてくるので、びっくりです。
    いつも、すばらしい絵で、感動してますよ。

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    1. Dear Midori,
      コメントありがとうございます。Self-scceptanceは自分を正しく愛せたら出来ます。多分,もし、人が何か引掛って考える、例えば過去などはいい例です。往々にしてそのひとは自分を自分で傷つけています。
      いいこととか悪いこととかわたし達は良いますが、たぶん出来事自体はそんな意味は無いでしょう。どう感じて受取るかでいくらでも変わります。同じ条件でも人によって全く違って受けとめます。器が小さいか大きいか馬脚を現しますね。 その部分を私は学んだし、今も学んでいます。
      すばらしいモットーですね。私も過去はもう、サラリと忘れる事にしています。この短い一生を, めんどくさい事を考えてムダにしてなるものか、と思うのです。貴方こそすばらしい絵でいつも感嘆しています。此の先きっと伸びるかただと信じて居ります。
      Kind regards, Sadami

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