Those of us who have children would be familiar with Lauren Child's cartoon series, "Charlie and Lola". Her style is distinct with gorgeous simple hand drawn characters collaged with bits of fabric, wall paper, photographs and timber grains. Lauren is an English illustrator and writer who was born in 1965.
In 1999 she had two picture books published, I want a Pet! (1999) and Clarice Bean, That's Me (1999), The latter being shortlisted for th Nestle Smarties Book Prize. In 2000 she won a Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever , NeverEat a Tomato(2000) and a second Nestle Smarties Book Prize in 2002 for that Pesky Rat (2002). In the same year, she wrote her first children's novel, Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (2002). Her second book in this series, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble was shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. The Third novel in the series, Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now was published in 2006.
I had no idea until today through my research that Lauren is inv0lved in the organisation called "Unesco". This is a program for the education of children in need. Laurens story,"That Pesky Rat", is now out as a new edition with proceeds going to Unesco's program for the education of children in need. This organisation has raised millions of pounds to help provide education and accommodation all over the world. Most of these programs are aimed at the most excluded children in the world, street children, boy soldiers, young refugees, child prostitutes, child labourers and those affected by natural disasters. Lauren Child was recently named Artist for Peace by Unesco.
I think her work is gorgeous. I love the pure simplicity of her work and her electric mix of patterns and textures.
I have also included some images from a local illustrator, Tamsin Ainslie. Tams work follows suit with gorgeous simple illustrations mixed with collage and text.