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.
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.
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.