Friday, June 27, 2008
make the most of what you have
Emily Gravett, who yesterday won the UK's most prestigious children's illustration award, has revealed that her winning book was produced with the aid of rats' urine.
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is in fact dedicated to Button and Mr Moo, the rats, now deceased, which obliged the author by passing urine on cue.
They also proved indispensable for another task: nibbling away at pieces of paper, temptingly covered by Gravett with yoghurt, to create chewed edges and tooth-bitten textures for the book, which has the look of having been half-devoured by hungry rodents.
as i am currently in possession of a very small creature that produces copious amounts of pee and has a fondness for chewing things... i don't see why i can't win a major illustration award too.
See a gallery of the work here.