A VERY special new book illustrated by Hobart-based artist Jessica Burdon was launched earlier this month for the community to enjoy.
A Very Special Place, written by Tania Morgan, of Melbourne, follows the journeys of different characters as they find “their homes within.”
Ms Morgan decided to finish the book, which she began writing years earlier, in collaboration with newfound friend Ms Burdon, who helped her bring the words to life.
Ms Burdon, who also works with children in an early learning centre, said she had been drawing and painting for as long as she could remember.
“I never grew out of needing to play with my crayons,” she said.
“Although at first glance this could appear as a children’s book it is suitable for everyone, from two-year-olds to adults.
“It is a timeless story that looks into universal feelings and different peoples’ experiences.”
Ms Burdon said her four-year-old son, Aaban, had been a great critic in developing the book’s illustrations.
“I am inspired by children and their creative perceptions of the world,” she said.
“So when I first read this story I was very excited to illustrate it as Tania has articulated idea of looking within to find home, love and safety so beautifully that the images came to me easily.
“Although I am a working artist this is my first time illustrating a book and I loved the process very much – I enjoyed losing myself in the story and found it very meditative.”
The illustrations in A Very Special Place were made using brightly coloured ink pencils and took eight months to complete.
A Very Special Place is available for purchase at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart and online at www.averyspecialplace.com.au
Ms Morgan and Ms Burdon work in partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and 10 per cent of the proceeds from the book’s launch events will go to the organisation.
Ms Burdon will be exhibiting her latest artwork at Cooleys Hotel in Moonah.
A range of Ms Burdon’s collections can also be viewed via www.facebook.com/jessburdonart.