TAKING 5 WITH MOIRA COURT (print maker/artist from 'Colour Me')
1/ How did you come up with the screen print ideas for the COLOUR ME book?
As Colour Me is a story based around a rainbow I thought that the best way to convey the feeling of coloured light in the illustrations would be to use transparent layers and the only way I could do that was through screen printing with transparent inks (as I’m not very good with watercolours!) and then using a woodcut or lino print in the foreground which gives a patchy textured effect, giving glimpses of the layers underneath.
2/ Do you have a favourite colour? What is it and why is it your favourite?
I love all colours, even if they don’t look that amazing on their own you can team them up with another one and magic happens.
3/ What would be your DREAM children’s book project?
My dream children’s book project would involve lots of animals – real ones or mythical ones, I don’t mind!
4/ Where do you find your inspiration for your artwork?
I find inspiration for my work in animal encyclopedias, wildlife documentaries, walking in the local bushland, medieval bestiaries, folklore and folk art.
5/ What’s your all-time-favourite children’s book?
It’s impossible for me to choose an all time children’s book but as a child my favourite books were the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce and the Flicka trilogy by Mary O'Hara by. As a grown up I would have to say the Harry Potter stories. I started reading them in my mid twenties and can only imagine how fabulous it would have been growing up with them. As for picture books there are so many amazing books out there it is impossible to choose although I do have a soft spot for anything by Beatrix Potter – what an inspirational woman!
I emigrated to Australia in 2001 from the south west of England. After painting for many years I converted to print making after the birth of my daughter in 2013. I predominantly use screen printing combined with woodcuts or lino prints creating lots of layers and happy accidents!