| ProfessionalWhy did you make this work:
I initially set out to create a book that focused on environmental messages but it soon developed into a more complex critique of consumer culture, bringing in ideas of justice and fairness, too. I also wanted this book to offer some hope and empowerment for young people, allowing them the space to imagine what a better world might look like.
How was the illustration used:
The illustrations are used in a 32-page picture book.
How did you make this work:
The artwork was made mostly digitally, but it includes some hand-drawn ink textures, too. The biggest challenge was creating a narrative that worked as an allegory for a serious topic whilst remaining fun and enjoyable for children. Commissioner Name :
Commissioner Company :
Pavilion Children’s (now Farshore)
Hayley Wells graduated with an MA in Children’s Books Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2018. They illustrated Kat Patrick’s The Spectacular Suit (Scribble, 2021) and their author-illustrator debut, The More Monster, was published with Pavilion in 2022. Hayley is interested in tackling difficult subjects but with an emphasis on playful and accessible artwork.