nareldajoy

Illustration and Puppets

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The Somerset Xmas Parade

The day of the Christmas Parade at Somerset was cold and windy, but it didn’t dampen everyone’s enthusiasm! We had a wonderful time!IMG_4596IMG_4603IMG_4606

Parade with Yolla District School

In November and December I had a wonderful time working with the staff and kids from Yolla District High School on a theme for the Sommerset Christmas Parade -it was decided to celebrate 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I designed the parade layout, and made a giant caterpillar puppet with the kids. Kindergarten stamped the design on the fabric with stamps and blocks. Year 6 and Year 7 helped sew it together, and under the guidance of Mrs JLK painted beautiful caterpillar foods, and a giant butterfly.

Book Week 2019

I had a fantastic Book Week at Yolla District School. There were animals on display in the school hall; a sheep and her lambs, chickens and rabbits!

I was positioned amongst all the wonderful book week exhibits, and got to watch the book parade too. I did workshops with Kindy and Grades 3, 4, 6,7 and 8.

Puppet Show at Morven Gardens

In August I had a wonderful time working on a puppet show with the residents from Morven Gardens. I held several puppet workshops and we made the puppets together and performed the show to students from Blackheath Public School!

Read the article at https://baptistcare.org.au/about-baptistcare/news/puppets-delight-students-at-baptistcare-morven-gardens/

A big thank you to BANC (Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre) for funding the project.

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The Ultimate Frontier is finally here!

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Receiving my first copies from the lovely Amanda at the new Eternity Ink head office.

My illustrations for “The Ultimate Frontier” are finally in print! The cover reads “Key ideas are brought to life by the entertaining and quirky illustrations by Narelda Joy”.

The book is by Ken O’Donnell. It sold over 100 000 copies in Spanish and has been translated into English. Ken has written more than 15 books on themes of meditation, leadership, and emotional intelligence. Ken is actually an industrial chemist by trade!

Thank you to the amazing team at Eternity Ink for a wonderful working collaboration.

You can buy the book which includes a meditation CD at: http://www.eternityink.com.au/books-all/the-ultimate-frontier-initiating-the-journey-that-has-just-one-destination-self-empowerment-includes-cd/

 

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Little Free Libraries Launch

Our fabulous Blue Mountains Sub-branch of the NSW branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia launched our first four Little Free Libraries yesterday at the Gingerbread House!

Little Free Libraries started in 2009 and there are now 36,00 worldwide. We want to encourage kids to read so we have filled ours with children’s books. We received a grant from author James Patterson in conjunction wth Megalong Books at Leura which has enabled us to set up four initial libraries. We hope to establish many more, up and down the mountains.

I designed the graphics for our Little Free Libraries which include our sub-branch logo, “Blue” the Blue Mountains Dragon, for easy recognition.

Head to https://littlefreelibrary.org/ for more information about this initiative .

Our  gorgeous little boxes with 100 books each have been installed at

The Gingerbread House – Katoomba

Rust n Timber – Lawson

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Gifts n Things – Leura

We are officially registered on the LFL world map!

Our first customer pictured here

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The lovely Scarlett (daughter of Jo) from Gifts n Things was our model

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Local MP Trish Doyle came to officially launch our initiative. 

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My logo design for the Blue Mountains sub-branch

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I got to hug a Gingerbread Man! A dream come true!

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Bridging the Generations

I’ve had a wonderful experience working with the children from Blackheath Public School.

Sheryl Cootes, the Assistant Principal, and Jo Davies from the Blackheath Community Centre, and I worked together on a play version of Wilfred Gorgon Patrick Mcdonald. In the book version the little boy helps an old lady find her memory.

Thirteen kids performed it on the 27th May to the residents at Morven Gardens – an aged care facility in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Both young and old had a wonderful time and many memories were shared. Later in the year I’ll work with the residents and we will perform a reciprocal play for the children!

Here are some photos of  rehearsals in the school hall.

The children learnt how to walk and act like old people!

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Rehearsals 

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Practising their dance for after the play!

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Performing the play at Morven Gardens

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Talking to the residents

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Sharing the joy and fun

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The residents all received a play program

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Linking young and old!

At the moment I am working in a beautiful collaboration between Sheryl -the Assistant Principal from Blackheath Public School, the lovely Jo from Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, and Nellie the lifestyle coordinator from Morven Gardens (an aged care facility at Leura).

13 amazing children were chosen from Blackheath Public School (from over 30 wanting to be involved!) to perform a play for the residents at Morven Gardens. We chose a book to perform as a play for the residents. So far, we have had 4 rehearsals and a costume making day, and the play is coming together nicely.

I held a workshop last week making the chicken costume with a group of 6 of the students. You can see the fabulous results in the photo attached!

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Meeting Aunty Arty!

I finally met the lovely and amazing Rowena Wiseman in person  – author of the Aunty Arty series.

We had an inspirational time at the Paradise Bitch exhibition at the White Rabbit Gallery.

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Big Book Day Out

The Writer’s Centre at Rozelle was a perfect location for the Big Book Day Out.

I was there with the very talented author Dawn Meredith representing the Blue Mountains Sub-branch of the CBCA.

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More importantly I got to meet Grug!

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It was a beautiful sunny day with a huge turn out.