Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Exhibition Features Art from Aspiring Illustrators

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Exhibition Features Art from Aspiring Illustrators

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TWO mature-age Diploma of Visual Arts students have revealed their diverse creative talents as part of Libro Illustrato, a unique art instillation on show at Future's Restaurant at the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (SQIT) Toowoomba, until Wednesday, December 1.

The exhibition features works by aspiring children's illustrators, including Karla Strambini and Liddy Timmins.

Karla Strambini has always wanted to create illustrated children's book and as a mother of two, she knows what fascinates and expands young minds.

"I want to write the sort of books I would buy for myself, and I think we should never underestimate the intelligence of children. I love visual metaphors and literary allusions," she said.

Through a series of hand-rendered illustrations, using various media including gouache, pencil, pen and ink, rubber stamps and collage, she will reveal how she constructed a 32-page concertina-fold book about an eccentric character called Mr Qwerty.

"Mr Qwerty Steps Out is about a seemingly normal man who is compelled to question his perception of normality and difference," Ms Strambini said.

After completing English honours degree in 1989, she did half a visual arts degree in Townsville, before moving to Toowoomba seven years ago. After enrolling at SQIT Toowoomba in graphic design she transferred to her first love - visual arts.

Karla's ultimate goal is to have her books published in Australia.

Suzanne Ison started her artistic career designing special effects for film, mainly European movies and some minor Australian productions.

After working in Sydney for 18 years, she moved to Toowoomba and made time to enrol full time in a Diploma of Visual Arts course. Her London-based exposure to the opulence of the Victorian era is expressed in her Exotic Menagerie (1850s) exhibit. …

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