Escape to Everywhere by Freya Blackwood

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Renowned Australian children’s book illustrator and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Freya Blackwood created this joyous and dream-like scene for our 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Children’s Book Week theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’.

‘The slogan, Escape To Everywhere, immediately made me think of the fantastical. But I feel comfortable illustrating fairly everyday subjects. So after consideration, I decided I’d like to take my love of drawing people doing everyday things and show them escaping their ordinary lives to a parallel place of wonder,’ she said.

As daughter of a painter and architect, Blackwood spent many hours of her childhood in Orange, NSW drawing and producing her own books. Following high school, she studied Visual Communications at the University of Technology Sydney and worked for several years in the film industry in special effects. It was during production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that Blackwood’s love of drawing was reignited.

Freya made history in 2015 when three of her books won top honours in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. It was the first time an illustrator had been awarded Book of the Year in three separate categories.

Freya’s books include: The Great Rabbit Chase (text by Freya Blackwood); My Two Blankets (text by Irena Kobald); Harry & Hopper (text by Margaret Wild); Go to Sleep, Jessie! (text by Libby Gleeson); Perfect (text by Danny Parker) and The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present (text by Libby Gleeson).

Artwork by Freya Blackwood © Copyright CBCA

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