Jeannie Baker is one of Australia’s most well-known children’s authors and illustrators, whose award-winning books include Where the Forest Meets the Sea, Home and Belonging.
For every page of her children’s books, Jeannie creates intricate, life-like collages, using natural materials such as leaves, feathers and hair wherever possible.
She only publishes a children’s picture book once every five years or so, because of the length of time it takes her to complete each collage.
Her collages are works of art in their own right – they are part of many public art collections and have been exhibited in galleries in London, New York and throughout Australia.
Her latest book Circle tells the story of the endangered Godwit – the long-billed, long-legged migratory wading bird.
The Godwit undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any animal, flying from breeding grounds in Alaska to Australia and New Zealand.
As part of her research for this book, Jeannie travelled to Alaska, China and South Korea where the godwit is losing its natural habitat and food source due to human development.
The artwork from Circle will launch at the Maritime Museum in Sydney, and will tour nationwide for two years from June.
I produced this story for Books and Arts on ABC RN, and you can listen to the story here.