I have been so excited to show you these peeks from this beautiful, beautiful new book illustrated by very talented Signe Kjær and with text by Erik Trigger - and to announce a giveaway!
I have been following Signe Kjær's blog for a while, and I am so in love with her universe, her life in the countryside with small kids, her wonderful illustrations and other projects. In our bathroom we have a tiny painting of a girl surrounded by plants and flowers and totally absorbed in her own universe. Signe did the painting, and every morning I feel so grateful that this is my first sight. Although seemingly a simple motive, it intrigues me to look again and again. Into the peaceful flowery moment something mysterious is embedded. And I guess this is how it is with all of Signe's work - the colours are bright, but also very dark. The figures and motifs are innocent but at a deeper glance a whole world of mystery, of whimsical characters, of doublesided universes, unfold.
In her very first children's book Signe Kjær is lifting the veil of "Cirkus Svimmel" ["Circus Dizzy"], and invites us in to a show we have never seen equal before. We do get a bit dizzy in "Cirkus Svimmel" - we are both witness to breathtaking performances, but we are also backstage in the dusty, secret and mysterious world of a circus with all its quirks, its magic and its wonderful abnormalities. Signe's illustrations are so filled with tiny details and layers, that you feel like investigating them again and again, and every little new detail feels like a treasure to unveil. She uses a mix of gouache, ink, pencil and tiny bits of carbon paper.
Leave a comment and your e-mail address, and we will pick a random winner of one copy of "Cirkus Svimmel" next Monday, September 15. The books is signed by Signe Kjær. If you are not the lucky one to win a copy, buy one (along with other beautiful things!) in Signe's shop.
Hope you will all enter!
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