WHEN I GROW UP
Written by Jasmine & Julie Sydenham
Format: softcover, 25x25cm, 32 pages
Publisher: Harbour Publishing House 2012
It all began as a simple request of my daughter. I was committed to an exhibition in the tasting room at Cupitt’s Winery and I needed some inspiration for a series of narrative works.
I asked Jasmine (my 9 year old at the time) to write me a story that I could use. She came up with a beautiful little tale about what she’d like to be when she grew up.
The 15 small works that I produced as a result were a great success – whimsical, playful, colourful.
The character ‘Jasmine’ appeared throughout the works and each told an aspect of the story. I was so happy with them that I decided to collate them into a small photo book, and although I sound a little 'dippy' saying this, I never really considered that they could become an actual children's picture book. That was until I showed it to a local publisher.
A few months after the exhibition the prospect of having our little collaboration became a reality and the book was published in 2012.
When I Grow Up marked the very special beginning of this new, and unexpected direction as an illustrator.