Hattie Peck goes Free Range

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MARCH, 2016

Cardiff Bay-based children’s illustrator Emma Levey made my week when she dropped off some of her delightful paint-and-pencil drawings for framing… and they all featured chickens*! 

The set of original drawings feature Emma’s picture book character, Hattie Peck, who first appeared in Emma’s story of the same name, and has recently returned in a sequel, Hattie Peck The Journey Home. These books are the first penned by Emma, who has illustrated a number of other titles for children, including Sally Hopgood’s See You Later, Alligator and Yuck Said the Yak by Alex English.

It’s easy to see the appeal of these colourful and beautifully drawn characters – and I have personally fallen in love with the somewhat musical bears that you can see on Emma’s sketchbook pages.

*My business started out as Free Range Frames – and my logo was a chicken!

I framed the drawings in a simple ash moulding, finished with clear wax, and Emma asked me to float mount them

I framed the drawings in a simple ash moulding, finished with clear wax, and Emma asked me to float mount them (display with the softly frayed edges of the paper visible).

They can be seen from 23 April until 4 June at the Queen’s Hall Gallery, Pembrokeshire, as part of their Welsh Illustration and Design exhibition, a mixed show of work by school pupils, students, and professional illustrators.

You can find out more about Emma on her website, www.emmaleveyillustration.com, where you can also download some gorgeous free colouring pages, and find links to her books.