I first saw Rosanna’s work on the cover of the The Bristol Short Story Prize anthology in 2014, and was really glad to get her on board for this project. She interpreted my poem about a Peacock butterfly beautifully. Just looking at this artwork makes me feel relaxed (and want to go skinny dipping).
Next up in this showcase of Bristol art talent: it’s Dave Bain.
Dave not only did the colourful artwork for my robin haiku, but he also helped me to curate the whole exhibtion. It simply wouldn’t have happened without him.
Next up in this showcase of Bristol art talent: it’s Harriet Lee-Merrion.
Harriet did a great job illustrating the toad haiku in my Feathers & Fur series. What I’ve loved about seeing the artwork come together for each poem is that they are all so different. This one, I think, with the feet treading past the crouching toad, is quite mysterious.
Her work has featured everywhere from the New York Times to Good Housekeeping – and she has done a lovely illustration to accompany my gulls haiku, featuring one of the Brandon Hill benches. (If you don’t live in Bristol and don’t know Brandon Hill, at it to the list of places to visit if you ever come here – great views over the city.)
Next up in this showcase of Bristol art talent: it’s Sarah Dennis.
She’s done an amazing piece of papercut art to go with my duck-diving haiku, for my Feathers & Fur show at Grain Barge – on display now and until October 11. The exhibition will move to The Snug at The Tobacco Factory from November 3 to December 29.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to tell you a bit about each of the ten Bristol artists who have worked so hard on illustrations for my Feathers & Fur show at Grain Barge. They all deserve a bit of extra attention! Like their Facebook pages, buy their work, or just remember the names. Bristol is crawling with superb talent, so let’s support it.
September 1 – October 11, 2016 (Free entry)
Walk along Bristol’s streets, through its parks – or even just out into your own garden. What animal life is there? I have teamed up with ten local illustrators to capture the lives of the city’s living creatures.