A few months ago, my fabulous sister in law asked me to make some illustrations for a book project that she was working on.
The book is about Moroccan traditions, 10 novels with 10 illustrations explaining our traditions in this modern world.
Thanks to her amazing energy and will to bring dreams to reality, the book is now published and sold in many libraries in Morrocco.
Here are some snap shots,
The theme of traditions is a fascinating theme to work on, but also quite frightening at first glance. How can I translate this into images? How to not fall into the clichés? How can I keep the ambivalence through illustration in an equal manner? The texts are part of a modern context and it was evident that the drawings and graphics had to transcribe this duality.
Civilizations that are modernizing are gradually losing their traditions. Personally, I wasn’t familiar with a fraction of these traditions. We often think that traditions are archaic, cumbersome and incompatible with modern life. Yet, they are synonymous with life skills and decency. Traditions are gratifying for those who receive them and for those who transmit them. Let’s not forget our traditions because they are our identity, our constitutions and our civilization.
So many new perspectives are now growing in my mind… a wall, a canvas or a book, after all it is always the same special feeling when you see your little scribbles becoming finalized and becoming real products.
I can’t be more grateful and excited, thank you Selma Desmot for making this dream come true, we can’t wait to see your next book projects. This is only the beginning!
Join the “10 contes” facebook page here
Available in many librairies and concept stores in Casablanca (Morocco):
La fabrique (website here)
La galerie de l’aimance
Librairie Porte d’Anfa
Librairie Livre moi
Now available in Hong Kong on our e-shop.