Last week, Brit and I checked our respective mailboxes to find, in the words of our publisher… our very first copy of our very first book!
(Well, actually, I was out of town and saw Brit’s copy first via FaceTime, but the experience was no less exciting when I got home a few days later.)
Holding Margaret and the Moth Tree in my hands as a real physical book, I fell more in love with the cover art by Elly MacKay, an artist based not that far from me in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Elly works in an art form called “paper theatre,” which involves setting up “layers of drawings, on a small scale, like a very tiny stage set or installation” and then taking a photograph of the scene. So like the artist’s other pieces, Margaret’s cover is actually a paper “set” that has been lit and photographed. Stunning!
P.S. Happy birthday, Brit!!!