Posts tagged ‘artist’


Today, we are excited to share with you a Q & A with Clare Beaton, illustrator of our two new board books, Clare Beaton’s Bedtime Rhymes and Clare Beaton’s Farmyard Rhymes. Clare has created over twenty books with us, and is internationally recognised for her distinctive fabric collages. Read on to learn more about Clare, how she makes her gorgeous illustrations and which rhyme collection themes she would like to work on next!


Today, we are excited to share with you a Q & A with Jackie Morris about the artwork she created for The Greatest Gift, our book about the fourth wise man. Read on to learn more about Jackie, how her gorgeous illustrations came to be and her thoughts on the true spirit of Christmas!


The Statue of Liberty that adorns New York harbour has played in my imagination since I was a small child. But it was only when I went on a harbour tour last year that I discovered the statue was created by a French artist and was a gift from the people of France to the citizens of America. This memory has resurfaced in the past few weeks, as I have liaised with the exceptional French artist, Miss Clara, over her designs for the Barefoot Books tree that is our contribution to the Concord Museum’s Family Trees Exhibition.


One of the most exciting cultural events of the year in England is the opening this month of a major new exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s work at the National Gallery. This is the first time so many of Leonardo’s masterpieces have been displayed here; the kind of works that you need time and space to look at and walk around in. I am staring at my rather overcrowded diary and trying to work out when to go.


…who would you be? This was the question we asked the guests who came to our launch party earlier this month. We invited the wonderful Sophie Herxheimer to paint everyone’s vision of themselves. Sophie sat talking, listening and painting from 7.00pm til 11.00pm, by which time she had created over 30 remarkable pieces of work. Here are some of the results. Puck is my older son, Francis, and I chose to be the fairy godmother in Cinderella. Who would you be, and why?