Known for her warm characters and interactive invention, Bridget Marzo is the award-winning artist-author of well over 20 picture books. (You can find more of her previous books, along with more illustrations and interviews in her Bridget Strevens Marzo archive site)
Bridget believes in the power of pens, pencils, paints – and picture books – to open our minds at any age.
She works between France and the UK for publishers in different countries and even when we don’t speak the same language, what matters is what we all share in common. That is what she learnt as a child thanks to her English, French and Catalan family and that, and how we grow together, is also what Bridget’s next book is about. It is called YOU, ME and OUR WHOLE WIDE WORLD and here is a peek at the cover.
The lovely publishers at Walker Books are getting it printed and bound to reach bookshops and stores in July 2022.
Bridget also loves giving creative story making and colour and character making workshops for schools, libraries, and festivals across the world, including at the Beijing BookWorm festival, where she got nearly 1000 children and teachers drawing characters for their own stories.
Right now in 2022 Bridget is busy painting the illustrations for Mo’s Best Friend, a Stone Age Story. It is one of several stories she has been working for a while, that are set in a world before anyone wrote stories down. Publication takes time so you’ll have to wait until late 2023 to see the cover of that book.
Bridget was proud to be one of 45 illustrators led by Axel Scheffler contributing visions of Europe in the book DRAWING EUROPE TOGETHER (Macmillan November 2018), and in an exhibition that toured around the UK and Ireland including at the Royal West of England Academy .
Here’s a peek at part of Bridget’s work in Pictures at Play grand juried exhibition of the best of children’s book illustration in SCBWI British Isles 2019 at the Westminster Reference Library behind London’s National Gallery
November 23, 2019 Joined Axel Scheffler and the rest of a fab crew at South Ken Kids Festival illustrators from both sides of the Channel in this year’s drawing to music Impro!
November 1- 3rd, 2019 SCBWI British Isles Conference, Winchester First Impressions Panel
Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw goes to China!
Here’s the Chinese co-edition of Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw published by Citic Press, Beijing .
Above is the Chinese character for HOME, the last line of the story.
A BIG EVENT!
Here’s Bridget in action with Tiz and Ott and a crowd of children and families in Tate Britain. Look at the lovely art works the children made – in less than an hour – in the great London art gallery!
I adapted 4 well known fairy stories in my latest French books Les Contes à Colorier (my “Draw Along Tales“) so that children use their pencils and crayons to help the characters along their way – as well as colour them in. Published by Bayard Jeunesse.
Meanwhile, the high-energy scribbler Tiz the cat, and slow and steady Ott the donkey who paints, have been keeping Bridget busy since Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw was published with the Tate UK and distributed by Abrams in the US.
Here’s Tiz being useful – as a 3-D pencil holder! Big thanks to the fab designer Evavooo who loved my book character and created Tiz in 3-D! If you have access to a 3-D printer you can download the 3D template and make and paint a Tiz of your very own – for free!
GROUP EXHIBITION, the SCBWI BIENNIAL 2017
A juried exhibition of children’s author-illustrators including guests Leigh Hodgkinson, Tim Hopgood and Pam Smy, in PICTURES AT PLAY, the very first grand biennial illustration exhibition by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, British Isles, at the Half Moon Gallery, London.
NEW YORK BOOK TOUR
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
A family painting workshop inspired by a fascinating book on show in their current exhibition Youtopia, called the Little Traveller.
Here’s a short film of what we did at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4R
The South London Gallery First ever Children’s Bookfairfrom 12:45 – 1:15
South Kensington Kids Festivalat the French Institute, London
Pop Up Education Peterborough
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival
The Guardian Education Centre’s Cartoon & Art Family Day at Kings Place, London
Masterclasses for the SCBWI at the House of Illustration, London