Story Builder

For more images, check out the original Instagram post.

Maybe I gave a few too many options?

The children from the Children’s Forum at @discover_story were so immersed in their stories and were so enthusiastic that most of them forgot most things we discussed before about story structure. Not very different from how my creative process starts actually… They developed their own characters and interviewed each other’s to get to know them better. After which their characters had to meet in a story. They could use the images from the Story Builder to generate ideas and create compositions.
Afterwards a few got to tell their stories and together we tried to bring them back to more cohesive stories, with a beginning, middle and an end – repeating some of the suggestions we had discussed before.
I actually already have different images in my head for this game, including more backgrounds and colour for example and bringing it visually closer to more current work from myself (a little less gloomy and dark for example), but I’ll have to let this project go for a bit. It would make more sense to develop it when I have the time to either self-publish it or find a publisher, so I know within which parameters I have to work.
But at least I have a proof of concept and a better idea of what it can become. And I still feel very passionate about it as I love to facilitate creativity and storytelling, both wonderful, empowering skills to have in this day and age I think.

In search of good storytelling

Thank you for joining me in my quest to find out what good storytelling is. I will share a little about the workshop I did with the Children’s Forum at @discover_story next, but first I want to share all the inspiring answers from you and the children here. Swipe to read them all. P.S. I’m well aware that this question makes a lot more sense when you define the audience first or what kind of story you want to tell... but perhaps their are still some universal ‘rules’ of good storytelling? #storybuilder #storytelling #storytellinggame #evaeland #storymountain

See original post on Instagram, with all the answers from everyone.

Thank you for joining me in my quest to find out what good storytelling is. I will share a little about the workshop I did with the Children’s Forum at @discover_story next, but first I want to share all the inspiring answers from you and the children here. Swipe to read them all.
P.S. I’m well aware that this question makes a lot more sense when you define the audience first or what kind of story you want to tell… but perhaps there are still some universal ‘rules’ of good storytelling?

What makes a good story?

I am doing a workshop on storytelling tomorrow with the clever children from the Children's Forum at @discover_story , using my own Story Builder game that I am developing.⠀What makes a good story? I will explore this with the children together and will ask for their input so they can discover through their own knowledge, but it helps to have a better idea myself.⠀What do you guys think are the possible key ingredients to good stories? What are some of the best stories you know, and do you have any idea why they work?⠀⠀I really like to hear your thoughts on this, as I know there is so much collective wisdom among all of us here on Instagram. ⠀⠀⠀⠀#evaeland #storytelling #storybuilder #illustratorsofinstagram⠀#archetypalimage #workinprogress #creativeprocess #writingwithimages⠀#machildrensbookillustration #cambridgeschoolofart #kidlitart #childrensbookillustration

See the original post on Instagram.

I am doing a workshop on storytelling tomorrow with the clever children from the Children’s Forum at @discover_story , using my own Story Builder game that I am developing.⠀
What makes a good story? I will explore this with the children together and will ask for their input so they can discover through their own knowledge, but it helps to have a better idea myself.⠀
What do you guys think are the possible key ingredients to good stories? What are some of the best stories you know, and do you have any idea why they work?⠀

I really like to hear your thoughts on this, as I know there is so much collective wisdom among all of us here on Instagram. ⠀

Sally Goldsworthy Bursary

I’m so happy to announce that I have received the Sally Goldsworthy Bursary to develop two of my projects in the coming year!

“Sally Goldsworthy was the Chief Executive of Discover from 2003 to 2015. Discover is a Story Centre in the heart of Newham that sets children, families and schools on a journey of imagination and curiosity that combines learning with immersive literature and story making experiences. Sally was a great supporter of artists, new and established, raising the profile of children’s literature through collaborations with, amongst others, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen.

In honour of her extra-ordinary contribution to Discover and the wider world of children’s literature and creative arts, the Sally Goldsworthy Bursary Scheme offers bursaries to UK-based artists working in younger children’s literature or story-telling. For the purposes of this scheme younger children are defined as 1-11 years old. The Bursary supports emerging children’s writers, poets, illustrators or story-tellers to develop their practice. It aims to support experimentation and exploration of the creative process, for which funding is more difficult to find.”

The two projects I submitted are both about the creative process and have an interactive element to them, so when I found out about the bursary and the vision of Discover Story Centre, I felt like it fitted in so neatly, that I just had to apply (even though I was also in the middle of graduating from the MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and preparing for my degree show).
Of course, it is always a bit scary to put yourself in a position of possible rejection – but as creatives we have no choice but to put our work out there and to feel a little vulnerable in doing so every now and then (unless you are too comfortable hiding and don’t feel the need to show the world anything you make). I’m still not sure if my enthusiastic rambling during the interview was more of a testimony to me being rather nervous and tired, or of me actually feeling very passionate about creativity and storytelling and developing tools that have the potential to help children and adults to develop their own confidence and skill set in those two areas. Probably a bit of both, being encouraged by the interest and thoughtful questions of the members of the board.

I was delighted when I later got the message I received the bursary. It means I get the time to pursue two subjects I feel very passionate about (creativity and storytelling), but it will also give me the creative freedom to experiment with image making. I can allow myself more creative risks, and even if I don’t use many of the images in a final product, this will help develop and inform my work. I will also get to collaborate with the children that come to Discover, so I can test my projects and get some feedback from them.
This blog will function as a way to share the process of working on the two projects and will help me to organize my thoughts. I will write a bit more about the first project I’ll be working on, in my next post.

To find out more about Discover, you can go here and don’t forget to check out the different events they have for all ages. I myself am looking forward to seeing the Transbook Exhibition at the end of May.