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This projects aims to bring enchantment back into story reading for young children. This idea hopes to inspire reading and the act of sharing the experience by retelling prominent fairytales with traditional morals from the Brothers Grimms collections with a slight make over and contemporary illustrations to appeal to child of this modern age.
The reason for approaching this idea initially, was framed through personal experience of story reading as a child, and through progression based on the research of primary school children of today compared to the older generations in terms of how much they enjoy reading. The majority of results showed that children were only attracted to the book by the visual appeal and book cover. Story reading generally does not provide follow up activity for the child to involve themself with, therefore I want to design a ‘sticky book’ in and effort to promote productive reading, further more to make reading a form of play rather than homework.
The visual aesthetics of this publication will be alluring and lively. My decisions are to employ the practice of ‘handmade’ by constructing the illustrations with three-dimensioned Papercraft, and incorporation photography with a various usage of light to portray different emotions and sensations. This publication will also have pages filled with spot the difference and ‘I spy’ to maintain the child absorbed into the publication.
Papercraft illustrators, which have influenced my current project, are Meghan Stratman, Su Blackwell and Helen Musselwhite, These illustrators have all use signs and symbols in their illustrations which is important in my project, which is to tell the morals in a story.
Meghan Stratman http://bunnypirates.carbonmade.com/
Su Blackwell http://www.sublackwell.co.uk
Helen Musselwhite http://www.helenmusselwhite.co.uk/
So far in this project it has been challenging and stimulating for me personally, Papercraft or paper engineering is an old custom, and is currently being reintroduced into the graphic design with a contemporary flare and unique style to each illustrator. I also think through creating by hands, marks it added distinctive because it acknowledges mistakes, which gives it a sense of human element.