Yesterday’s award lecture at Kulturhuset (House of Culture) was carried out as a conversation between Isol and picturebook specialist and jury member Ulla Rhedin. Lennart Eng, artist, graphic designer and jury member held a welcome address and introduced Isol and Ulla.
Isol started by reading her book It’s useful to have a duck : It’s useful to have a boy which made the audience smile, and started a conversation about this “double-narrated” story with different perspectives. Ulla Rhedin led the audience through Isol’s works and discussed her creative techniques, which conveys many possibilities, as well as her way of producing stories that the reader can interpret the way he or she likes.
Isol gave an insight into her working process by showing sketches from her work with Doggy slippers, and pointing out how the process was carried out up until the final version of the book was finished. It´s really amazing to obain an insight in how complicated it can be to create a picture which appear to be quite simple at first sight.
She also talked about her upcoming book, about babies, which she is working on for the moment. Isol’s main characters are almost always children, she likes to tell stories from their perspective since they have a “new” view of the world. “They could be aliens” as she puts it.
The conversation will be broadcast on Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company (Kunskapskanalen) on Monday May 27 at 6:00 pm.