In the first Helen Milroy Presents podcast, we welcome textile artist turned children’s book illustrator Ruth de Vos to the studio
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Ruth de Vos says children’s books inspired her textile art long before she became an illustrator. With six children in the house, she says storybooks were always a big part of family life, and she developed an appreciation for their brilliance and their accessibility as an art form. In this podcast, she takes us behind the scenes for a glimpse into how she created the illustrations for Shine by Danny Parker.

Topics discussed:
Editing illustrations
Capturing the joy and difficulty of parenthood
Celebrating ordinary, everyday moments
Finding a structure for the picture book
Killing your darlings
Real homes vs. Pinterest

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Original music
Steel Cap Serenadeby Aidan D’Adhemar, © 2021

Sound engineering
Aidan D’Adhemar, Fremantle PA Hire

Produced by
Claire Miller, Fremantle Press Marketing and Communications Manager


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