"A long time ago there lived a King and a Queen who had always longed for a child. Then one day, when the Queen was out walking, a frog came out of the water and sat on the bench where she rested.
"Your wish shall be fulfilled. Before a year has passed you shall bring a daughter into the world", he said to her...
These are the famous opening words of one of the most well-known and beloved classic fairytales.
The version collected by the Brothers Grimm (Dornroeschen - Little Briar Rose) is an orally transmitted version of the originally literaly tale published by Charles Perrault in 1697 (Sleeping Beauty) and it is based on one ore more folk tales. The early known version of the story is Perceforest, composed between 1330 and 1344 and first printed in 1528.
The version I have decided to read the children during the Storytelling session is by Louise Rowe, a paper artist specialized in paper-engineering and paper-cutting based in England. She has a background in mixed media and illustration and studied Graphic Design at university achieving First Class Honours.
The heart of her work has a theatrical element, she uses landscapes with a sympathetic colour palette to set the scene for the story. With a keen eye for intricate detail, all paper-engineering is produced by hand using a scalpel. Illustration and art work are created using traditional methods along with digital collage.
Six pop-up pages tell the well-known fairytale of the cursed Princess who sleeps for a hundred years until a brave Prince comes to her rescue. Fighting his way through a hedge of thorns and briar roses, he reaches the castle to break the spell.
Illustrated with a colour palette of bright, festive colours, the scenes include the famous spinning wheel, the silent castle and the Royal Wedding.
The Lab we have proposed follows the idea of the book: a pop up activity. The children were asked to create their own pop up castle and to decorate it with wax colours giving free play to their imagination. On the front page of their pop up book, each child has represented a particular scene of the story: Sleeping Beauty in her bed or the Royal Wedding or the Princess and the Prince in love.
Prossimo appuntamento: sabato 14 febbraio con Here comes Jack Frost di Kazuno Kohara!