Storylines Festival

Busy weekend last weekend, I also went along to the Storylines Festival – free family fun day! Great day for families to meet NZ childrens book authors and illustrators plus participate in a range of fun activities. I went along to see the illustrators who were stationed at various desks drawing and painting for all the public to see.  I got to chat with Gavin Bishop, Fraser Williamson, Brian Lovelock, Sandra Morris and Dave Gunson. My friend Gary Venn who was short listed for the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award this year, was also there. There was a really nice exhibition commemorating 70 years of Puffin Book Publishing – lots of lovely illustrated covers of stories like Worzel Gummidge, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland etc..

Semi-Permanent 2010

This weekend I attended the Semi-Permanent Conference in Auckland. There were loads of great speakers and I came away feeling very inspired!
My favourites were Jessica Hische – such beautiful work, Duncan Speakman, Andrew Gordon from Pixar, Dick & Otis Frizzell and Storm Thorgerson.
At the end of the conference Storm Thorgerson asked us to participate in a group photo while holding kiwi fruit like 3D glasses. Oh so fun!
(unfortunately all I have are these blurry iphone photos to show for it! Ah well!)

Holly Brown Farewell

So during our stay in Hong Kong working on the Holly Brown project we met and got to work with a really awesome team of people. Thought Id take this moment to quickly introduce a few of them.

First up is very talented Alida Philip, she was responsible for all of the great design and art direction behind the Holly Brown brand! She even designed the Holly Brown cups and beautiful white leather furniture! She also had a hand in creating the Holly Brown website

Next is Dominic the expert coffee roaster who with the help of award winning barristers King and Tracey serve delicious coffee blends and decorative latte art.

In charge of all things Gelato was Luca and (Stefano – see lower grid) who were the maestro’s of gelato creation.

Michael also in the Gelato area – serving with style all sorts of colourful cold stone creations!

For the launch the ultra talented Evan Davies was called in to write the official Holly Brown theme song – which you can listen to here or here

Not forgetting Raymond Tsui the owner and brains behind Holly Brown and his group of lovely staff! Thanks to everyone for the great time we had in the Holly Brown family!! You will be sorely missed!

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