Once the story was written, Peg Gignoux began working her illustrative magic. Peg Gignoux is a fabric artist in Chapel Hill with whom I’ve worked on many community outreach projects. She excites children with color and design, collage and illustrating.
Peg begins by helping the children dye fabrics in a wild array of colors. And all in plastic bags! It’s always a miracle to me when I see final illustrations that all the magnificent textiles began as white fabric. I’ve often heard Peg refer to this beautiful bounty as “a marketplace of color.”
Everything gets even more colorful when the children stamp on the fabric they’ve dyed.
They cut up swathes of color and combine them into patterns until collages become dirt….
and illustrative details like worms…
and watering cans….
and magical plants…..
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