Kate Rolfe
Wolf and Bear: A friendship of light and shadow

The impact of mental health struggles on a friendship, and how that friendship can pull us through

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

How were your illustrations used? :
Book inside or spot illustration/s

How did you make this work:
A picture book inspired by my own neurodivergent friendships, and a relationship impacted by mental health struggles. Wolf and Bear uses a metaphor of light/shadow to signify emotions, so I created the artwork using mainly cyanotype (printmaking with light) and digital drawing. We empathise equally with both characters and they find a way to be together without either having to change who they are

Commissioner Company :
To be announced

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Currently Based:
United Kingdom (UK)

Kate graduated with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2022, where she developed a body of work combining cyanotype and letterpress printmaking, and other mixed media techniques.As well as illustrating, Kate enjoys writing and storytelling, with a particular interest in books that ask important and difficult questions, but in a warm and accessible way.