03 Jul 2020

Sandeep Johal

i. I work as an: illustrator, painter, and muralist. ii. I do this creative work because: It fulfills me like nothing else (and it pays my bills). iii. A ‘typical’ day for me under Covid lockdown involves: No real plan, doing things at a leisurely pace, being more present. I

21 Jun 2020

The Girl And The Wolf

‘Everything got quiet and dark. The girl felt cold and scared. She didn’t know what to do.’ ‘Out from between the trees, a tall grey wolf with big white teeth appeared. The girl was very still. “What are you doing out here by yourself?” asked the wolf. “I lost my

26 Jan 2020

Books We Borrowed

What do a lollipop-loving caterpillar, a Goldfinch, a wimpy kid, and Michelle Obama have in common? All four of these protagonists sit atop the Vancouver Public Library’s latest ‘Most Borrowed’ lists. It is Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar who wins the crown, with more than 10,000 checkouts over the past 16

17 Sep 2019

R.J. Palacio

‘I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make

07 Oct 2018

Dianna Bonder’s Studio

We’re long time fans of Dianna Bonder’s illustrations, so we were excited to go deep into the Gabriola Island woods to explore Bonder’s new work at her new studio. From the first sign pointing us in, we were delighted to find a studio setting that mimics the humour, mystery and

24 Aug 2018

Emily Bourke

i. I work as a…Children’s Book Illustrator, among a few other artistic practices. ii. I do this creative work because… in doing so, I’m able to connect to children while also bringing out my inner child. I make and appreciate art that speaks to all ages. Issues that apply to

31 Jan 2017

Kaori Kasai

Ten years ago, Kaori Kasai was at an artistic transition point. “I had a time of struggle. I always do. All artists have thinking times.” She was trying to puzzle her way through. “I kept thinking and thinking.” Days into the grappling, an image popped into Kao’s head. “A little

06 Jan 2017

Mandy Lau

If you spy Mandy Lau creating a portrait, you might be struck by the time she dedicates to getting the details right – pencil in hand, studying the face, capturing the angles. If you spy Mandy Lau at a live fashion illustration event, you will definitely be struck by how quickly

04 Sep 2016

Paul Morstad Q/A

Paul Morstad is a Vancouver painter and illustrator who likes to blend the natural sciences, history and magic realism in his work. His next show will be Planetoids, Asteroids, Humanoids at Gallery Jones, running November 2nd – 26th, 2016. The opening will be on Saturday, November 4th from 2-6pm. How does Morstad spend his time

31 Jan 2016

Dianna Bonder

Helen had a head of hair piled high as it would go. She held it with some hairpins and tied it with a bow. Perhaps you are one of the kids or parents who have spent hours staring and re-staring at Dianna Bonder’s children’s books. Admiring the weird and whimsical