Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Virgo book of Fairy Tales

After a tutorial I had yesterday I have been advised to begin to develop my illustration work around a narrative; at the moment I am studying a Masters in Design at Lincoln University and I am currently interesting with the idea of fairy tales.
Fairy tales originally had an oral tradition and were not explicitly for children, the tales were layered with meaning such as stories of warnings, others were didactic and moral absorbed by motifs from Greek and Roman myths. However, mostly the tales were about beliefs and superstitions. The tales acted as a mode of entertainment for the common people and brought communities together to listen to these great, bizarre and wondrous stories.
The introduction of the printing press in the 15th century brought a revolutionary change in the way tales were transmitted and they developed into a new genre of literary fairy tales that began to form its own conventions of the time of being altered for a reading public. 
I am currently reading a book edited by Angela Carter called 'The Virago Book of Fairy Tales', Angela Carter was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works.
The book is a collection of different short tales from around the world, which I think show a dark and light side to life.
There is one story in particular that stands out for me which I find witty, humours and engaging and hopfully I can make some interesting and unquie illustrations with. I will start designing and sketching and update the blog to share my thoughts as soon as I can .
For now, below is a picture of the book,
Thanks for reading.

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