Bed Book

I am currently working on a new children’s picture book, My Bed, Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World, which will be released by HoughtonMifflin in Sept, 2020. After I’m finished making the illustrations, the artwork goes to the publisher’s photographer, book designer and their production, printing and marketing team, before it’s an actual bound and ready hard cover book. That usually takes another year! Until then, I will be posting more stories that give a background peek at making the illustrations.

For the past year or so, I’ve shared the process of making the 3 dimensional bas-relief  illustrations, which involve stitching, embroidery and other embellishment techniques. Posts about making the artwork I’ve finished so far are listed here: Afghanistan, Japan, India, South America, North America, Russia, North Africa, Iran, Holland and Scandinavia.   I will update this page as more posts are completed.

Eventually, all of the sewn originals will be photographed and printed in the book. Each spread will depict a child in a different culture and living environment. The story is written by Rebecca Bond and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020. 

I am happy to announce that the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, Massachusetts will host the premiere exhibit of original illustrations for the book. The exhibit, MY BED: Salley Mavor Originals will be coordinated with the book’s publication in the fall of 2020. Like with Pocketful of Posies, I am arranging a 3 year touring exhibit, so that more people can see the “real thing”, which is a totally different experience than seeing reproductions on the printed page. Interested museums and art centers are welcome to contact me for information about hosting the exhibit. The first year is booked and there are openings in 2022 and 2023. It would be wonderful to have the original illustrations make their way across the whole country!

Throughout the book, there will be spot illustrations of animals on text panels. To see how they were made, click here.

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