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Playing with Collage - Jeannie Baker

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2019
ISBN: 9781406378665
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 8+ years old

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A how-to guide to making your own collages, brimful of fascinating hints and tips from a master of the genre.

Over the course of a 40-year career, Jeannie Baker has perfected the art of collage in the creation of picture-book classics such as Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Window, a Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book. Her stunning pieces, devised by assembling all sorts of different textures, are known all around the globe. Whether it's dried flowers or tiny shells, spaghetti or postage stamps, she uses the world around her to make work that is astonishingly beautiful and deeply creative.

In Playing with Collage, she shares her secrets at last – and encourages her readers to get creative. Within each of this book's four main sections, Jeannie presents an abstract collage of her own and offers suggestions and starting points for beginners. There are no right or wrong answers in this treasure of a book, it's all about trusting your instincts ... and playing!

Book Features:

  • Jeannie Baker is the recipient of an International Board for Young People (IBBY) Honour Award and a Friends of the Earth Award. She's also Australia's nominee for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.
  • Playing with Collage offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the way an artist works.
  • Like Jeannie's other titles, this book has a strong message about connecting with nature.

Industry Reviews

"Playing with Collage deserves to be on every home and library bookshelf, to serve as inspiration, as well as for entertainment and education. Suitable for a broad range of ages, it shows that everyone can give collage a go." – Kids' Book Review

"...It is like a personal gift from Jeannie Baker herself to every child, educator and parent who has ever loved her work and hoped to play with and arrange natural and man-made materials as she does." – Children's Books Daily

"This is an excellent and very simple breakdown of Jeannie Baker’s process and I highly recommend it for any of her fans and any budding artists out there aged 5+" – Readings

"Playing with Collage is a perfect addition to primary school libraries... it would also make a great gift for a young artist, or any young person who'd like to give collage a go." – Magpies

ISBN: 9781406378665
ISBN-10: 1406378666
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st June 2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 28.7  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.58

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Jeannie Baker

About the Author


Since 1972, Jeannie Baker has been making her collages, many of which are designed to illustrate picture books, but stand individually as works of art. Her unique collages are created from many rich textures, including earth, knitted wool and feathers, which, combined with more usual artists materials, achieve a wonderful three dimensional illusion. It can take Jeannie up to three years to produce a book. Jeannie was born in England but has lived in Sydney for many years.

Internationally renowned, her work has garnered critical and public acclaim in Australia and abroad and also many awards, a selection of which include, Australian Picture Book of the Year Honour Book, 2005, for "Belonging", Australian Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year Award, 1992, for "Window", Notable Book by the American Library Association, 1984, and short listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal, 1985, for "Home in the Sky" and a Boston Globe Horn Book Magazine Honour Book award,1988, and International Board of Young People Honour Book Award, 1990, for "Where the Forest Meets the Sea". 

Her latest book, "Mirror" was the winner of the Children’s category at the 2011 Indie Book Awards and also short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Award. 'Mirror' was joint winner in the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards - Picture Book Category. 'Mirror' has also been short-listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA's) for 2011. Mirror was also short-listed for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for 2010 in the Children's Books category.

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