Kids book idea grows

Wanneroo Times - - ART - Lucy Jarvis

ILUKA artist Aleisha Zap­pia has pub­lished a chil­dren’s book, Mon­sters don’t

wear ties, that en­cour­ages

play.

A decade af­ter first il­lus­trat­ing a chil­dren’s book, Zap­pia has re­alised a goal to write, il­lus­trate and pub­lish her own colour­ful book.

“I re­ally en­joyed the process of plan­ning and il­lus­trat­ing pic­ture books (but) it wasn’t un­til last year that I got around to plan­ning my new book, Mon­sters don’t wear ties,”

she said. “I love de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ters from my imag­i­na­tion and the things I see ev­ery day.

“It’s so dif­fer­ent to cre­at­ing a logo or a brochure like my day-to-day work; I get to be as wild with my ideas as I like.

“Kids have open minds ready to ab­sorb ev­ery­thing in front of them, so cre­at­ing things for kids re­ally has no bound­aries.

“The idea be­hind my book is not to grow up too fast; play, ex­plore, just be a kid.

“I guess I my­self haven’t quite grown up; I love to go on ad­ven­tures, make jokes, play with toys, read comics and pic­ture books and watch car­toons.”

The graphic de­signer held her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion, crea­tures, in 2014 fea­tur­ing more than 30 paint­ings of an­i­mals.

“The ma­jor­ity of my work fea­tures an­i­mals as sub­jects; they are my pas­sion,” Zap­pia said. “I love to watch them form – feather by feather, scale by scale – as I paint them.

“I’ve been cre­at­ing art for as long as I can re­mem­ber, ex­celling through high school, and in my grad­u­at­ing year of 2001, win­ning the art and de­sign award.

“In 2002 I re­ceived my cer­tifi­cate IV in fine art, fol­lowed by my diploma and ad­vanced diploma of graphic de­sign, ma­jor­ing in il­lus­tra­tion and ad­ver­tis­ing.”

Mon­sters don’t wear ties

can be bought via www.un­leishedart.com.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

d488687 Aleisha Zap­pia has used her artis­tic skills for her first chil­dren’s pic­ture book.

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