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Exhibition runs from 6pm June – 3pm 25 June.

Words and Pictures – Kathy Creamer

As a child, I adored the magic of picture books and how the words and pictures worked together to show and tell a story. I loved creative author-strators such as Dr Seuss; who placed words within the picture space, allowing them to dance with the images, leading the child to excitedly turn each page to see what would happen next.

The work in my exhibition is a mixture of new and old, and some of them are illustrations from my published children’s books. The legend of the escaped circus tiger, which dined at a famous Singapore hotel, was my first picture book, which was published exclusively for Raffles Hotel by Oxford University Press. After that came another picture book about the Chinese Mooncake Festival, Mr Ming and the Mooncake Dragon. Then many others followed which concentrated on animal conservation and historic houses, such as Longleat House and Arundel Castle in England. Recent work has been for Singapore Zoo, and puppet design and illustration for Julia Gabriel Communications, also in Singapore.

As a writer and illustrator, words and pictures for children’s books continue to fill my creative world. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Children’s Book Illustration and an Honours Degree, majoring in Children’s Literature and Creative Writing. I work mainly in watercolour, colour pencil, ink and gouache. My inspiration lies in the childhood memories of all the foreign places I have lived in with my parents, as well as the people and animals I have met, and the beauty created by illustrators, artists and writers. My biggest influence at present is the multitude of wonderful pictures created by the many different members of the 52-Week Illustration Challenge on Facebook. INKed is another Facebook group I have recently joined, which challenges illustrators and artists to work in pen and ink. Much of my new work was created for display with these two groups.