In 2017 WestWords & Pinerolo partnered to offer two emerging children’s book illustrators a week in residence at Pinerolo: The Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. The residency aims to extend illustrators’ knowledge of picture book creation and design, the process of publishing and the publishing industry, being mentored by Margaret Hamilton, a professional publisher of picture books for over thirty years. The self-contained, self-catering cottage offers tranquility and an inspiring working environment with electric blankets, a wood-burning fire and air-conditioning, for cosiness and comfort in all weather, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.

We are proud to announce the 2017 Illustrators in Residence.

11 – 15 September: Delene White

Woman with skipping rope_Delene WhiteDelene graduated from the Canberra School of Art before receiving a DAAD scholarship to study in Germany prior to family and studying graphic design.

Eagle_Delene WhiteOn completion she received the faculty medal along with eight industry awards. This was followed by a graduate diploma in marketing and communications, national and international communication projects, and, in 2014, starting her own art and design business.

She says “Whilst I have designed hundreds of publications for others, I have not been published in the children’s picturebook world—but would love to be.”



23 – 27 October: Sadami Konchi

©Sadami_Konchi_Children_and_Fountain_ColourRoughpp30,31Sadami studied sociology, linguistics and social work at the University of Sydney and specialised in the areas of the Medicare system, human rights and endangered languages. She is also an award winning watercolour portraitist. ©Sadami_ Konchi_MelancholicBeer(World_Watercolour_Comp)

In her practice as a picture-book illustrator she seeks to bridge between the text, reality and imagination. Her figures are lively and emotional. Her style is broad, from whimsical cartoons to fine art for multifarious subjects. She was an Accessible Arts NSW grants recipient in 2015.

Her second book My Dog Socks, written by Robyn Osborne, will be published by Ford Street Publishing in October. For more information click here.


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