Today, I’d like to give a little behind-the-scenes peek at a recently completed scene for my “bed book”. Over the next year, I will continue to work on illustrations for the book, which will feature sleeping places in different cultures around the world.
This double page spread has children sleeping on futons in a traditional Japanese interior. To represent a spare and ordered Japanese aesthetic, I deviated from my usual style, which tends to be busy and curvy. I can’t remember the last time I made so many straight lines and right angles!
The tatami (floor mat) is made with some 75 yr. old linen fabric from my grandmother. The texture and age stains make the floor covering look woven and worn. I loved figuring out what items to display in the tokonoma (alcove).
Here’s a video of stitching French knot blossoms on the ikebana (floral arrangement).
I researched Japanese buildings for this roof section…
and made a fence out of real bamboo shoots.
Outside, the cherry tree provided a welcome opportunity for curves and repetitious little stitches.
To make a bed covering, I found some blue cotton in my stash…
and embellished it with chain stitching.
Her pajamas also got some extra yellow thread accents.
The book, is written by Rebecca Bond and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020. To see a peek at an illustration set in South America click here.
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