Children's Book Designer & Illustrator
Design and illustration for a children’s picture book of poems on 12 colours, Barvice (Coloured Pencils), written by Feri Lainšček, one the most famous Slovene authors and film directors. The book was produced in conjunction with Maribor 2012, European City of Culture.
The illustrations show a variety of technical skills, not only in construction but also in using mixed media, combining various techniques, including drawing, photography, collaging, photo montaging and digital manipulation. The process involved a cut-and-paste technique of many pieces of paper in various tones, patterns and textures, representing the 12 colours. Many papers used were from a personal collection and included recycled paper shopping bags and napkins, collected during various travels around the world over the years. Inks and scrim tape were also used in order to achieve the desired textures and colours. Shapes were collaged together in order to construct each element of the image in a playful way.
The book was one of the five books nominated for Večernica (2011) and Desetnica (2011), the two highest awards for children’s and youth literature in Slovenia. The book was selected for ‘Book of the Month’ (March 2011) by Lunin Festival, one of the most important children's festivals in Slovenia.
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Interesting and vivid illustrations ... incorporate a different kind of images as a whole, both from the point of technique (photography, cut out images, drawing) and from the point of selected motives (a visual translation of the poet's words).
– Dragica Haramija & Janja Batič, Sodobnost 10 (2013): 1450–1452
I enjoyed from the start how Andreja followed and understood my verse, which she then interpreted and included in her visual way of thinking. The result was new networks of meanings and symbols, perhaps even artistic expression that goes beyond literary and visual art.
– Feri Lainšček, quoted in Zdenko Kodrič, Večer (Večernica), 22 Sep 2011
… more than wonderful …
– Zdenko Kodrič, Večer (Večernica), 22 Sep 2011
Her first children’s book embraces the poetry in a sophisticated and artistic manner, and has caught the rhythm of Lainšček’s literary thoughts …
– Liljana Klemenčič, Večer (Večernica), 4 Jul 2011
… highly innovative and exploratory …
– Sensa (Za navdih), 3 Feb 2011