Emma Lewis
Two Kings

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
To create a contemporary folktale for children in picture book format, set somewhere in the past and based on the imagery of the Bayeux Tapestry. The idea came from a visit to Bayeux, France where the tapestry is displayed. After seeing it, I decided I would make a book that was somehow based on the artefact, as I found it completely beguiling.

How was the illustration used:
Picture book

How did you make this work:
Upon starting work on the text and illustration, my editor and I decided to use elements of the story depicted in the Tapestry, but with a fresher, contemporary feel to better suit our times. This included the use of collage, and a bright, distinctive yellow background, whilst the decorative borders helped to retain a sense of history and allowed space for moments of sub narrative as well.

Commissioner Name :
Holly Tonks
Commissioner Company :
Tate Publishing

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Emma Lewis is an illustrator and designer from London, and creates work spanning both narrative and commercial illustration. She is largely inspired by naïve/folk art, mid-century picture books and travel.