Bridget Marzo believes in the power of pens, pencils, paints – and picture books – to change lives.
Known for her warm characters and interactive invention, Bridget is the award-winning artist-author of well over 20 picture books.
You can find all her books, along with more illustrations and interviews in her Bridget Strevens Marzo archive site.
Bridget works between France and her East London base in the UK for publishers in different countries. With Catalan, French and English family, Bridget has a particular interest in mixed heritage and visual literacy.
She is currently working on a picture book for Walker Books UK / Candlewick US, about what we have in common across the world.
Her workshops and her UK / US picture book, Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw aim to inspire children, and adults, to draw, paint – and write – themselves out of holes.
November 16 – 22, 2020
For the 2020 very special online edition of the South Ken Kids Festival, Bridget will be running virtual workshops with schools as part of our Outreach programme.
SOME PAST EVENT HIGHlightS
November 5, 2020
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