The Merry-Go-Round

My final BA project was a first degree Cut-Out-Concertina Children's book. 

It illustrates the famous poem The Merry-Go-Round  by Rainer Maria Rilke (1906). The illustrations were drawn with coloured pencils, and the book itself was produced by means of a vinyl  plotter. The book was shown in 2016 at  New Designers 2016 and at Designersblock as part of  The London Design Festival.

Above you can see a stop motion animation I did of the book. When it is closed it looks like an ordinary book, but It is possible to completely unfold it and place it into a circle, so it looks like a real Merry-Go-Round.

 The technique

The picture above shows the original drawing, after they got digitalized I drew them vector outlines on which the knife of the cut plotter cuts along. The technique is very accurate as you can see on the picture below. 



The poem shows how fast childhood passes, in form of children growing too big for a carousel. For this book I got inspired by the idea of the german term Gesamtkunstwerk. The idea behind this word is that different art forms are shown equally important, in my case the poem and the visual art. The seven verses are written on the bottom of each side of the book. I integrated them into the illustrations as golden letters embossed into the wood base of the carousel.

Elmo and the moles

The image below shows the first double page spread of a sensory book for children with additional needs called 'Elmo and the Moles'. The heartwarming story was inspired by an old Indian tale and should help children understand that not everything is what it seems to be at first sight.