Octavie Wolters
The Starling's Song - a picturebook for children and adults

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Ploegsma Publishing asked me to make a book with my linocuts of birds. It was a quest how to transform my autonomous graphic work into a story with characters and interaction. To preserve the artistic look and feel of my work and also make it a warm and moving document.

How was the illustration used:
A book for both children and adults. It wants the reader to think about how beautiful our world is. The starling wants to sing a song about the beauty of everything and asks all the birds to help him.

How did you make this work:
Linocut technique, hand printed with ink. Carved in a large format, digitally sized down for use in the book. The starling’s beak and paws are coloured in orange/yellow by hand.

Commissioner Name :
Emile Op de Coul
Commissioner Company :
Ploegsma Publishers

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Currently Based:
The Netherlands

Octavie Wolters is an independent author, artist and illustrator based in The Netherlands. As an author she writes novels and biographical non fiction. In her artwork she mainly uses lino cut technique. The Starling’s Song is her first book project in which she combines text and art.