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Born 1969. Studied at City and Guilds of London Art School, Camberwell school of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has received The Macmillan Prize for a Children's Book and numerous other awards. More

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Sara Fanelli Mythological Monsters of Ancient Greece. First published in Britain by Walker Books, 2002 © Sara Fanelli

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"Every object has a story behind it to be relayed or reinvented"

"I do a lot of drawing from reality. I like to travel and I always keep a sketchbook. I put aside all these ideas until I need them."

The ephemera, old books and stationery she picks up are used in the collages which often feature in her books. Still a young artist, Sara has already developed a hugely successful career.

Magic Word: Play
"I like to experiment. When I make a collage illustration I start with a drawing of the composition, the layout. Then I play around with it, interweaving it with all the different items I might be using. I like to play around with the typography too and create my own lettering. I don't use a computer to create artwork. Too many designers rely on them". More

Magic tricks of her trade
"Every object has a story behind it to be relayed or reinvented. Handwriting in an unexpected context is very evocative. I create the different textures in my work by sprinkling the surface with things like sugar, lentils, spaghetti and rice". More

The Moon
Her childhood pet dog

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