Book Island is an indie publishing house for picture books in translation. It specialises in beautifully illustrated, high-quality picture books to be enjoyed and treasured by both parents and children. The company was founded in 2012 in New Zealand by Belgian-born translator and linguist Greet Pauwelijn. Greet and Book Island moved to Bristol, UK in 2016.
‘Mum’s Jumper’ is the first title which Book Island has produced from scratch. Bristol-based illustrator Jayde Perkin was commissioned to develop the ideas of grief and bereavement previously explored in self-published comics. It was also the first title where this publisher used a crowdfunding campaign to bring the project to life.
The imagery in the book is reproduced from Jayde’s hand-painted artwork. The challenge was similar to another project of mine, where I collaborated with US based illustrator RS Whipple. Both books needed to retain strong, bright colour from painted originals. They were both printed using litho process, with CMYK inks, on uncoated paper stock. If the digitised versions of the paintings are not handled correctly it is easy for the printed results to be quite muted or dark and generally disappointing. It requires experience of colour management and print in order to avoid this.
To get the best results it’s crucial for the specialists in content, design and print to work together so the technical preparations are carried out correctly. I advised Book Island on the best way to prepare the image files and to create the PDF files to be handed over to the printer for proofing and final printing. Using the correct colour profiles and file specifications ensured the results were as expected and well-received.
See my blog post on preparing colour image files for print, which also includes a free downloadable guide.
What better way to celebrate our 100th Instagram post than by sharing an image from our Kickstarter party on Wednesday night? We were so pleased to hold a celebration in Bristol for everyone local who had backed our crowdfunding campaign for ‘Mum’s Jumper’ by @jaydeperkin. It was wonderful to be able to say thanks in person, share our creative journey with our local backers and see how much everyone loved Jayde’s story : We’re now packing like crazy to get all remaining rewards to the other 250+ backers around the world. If you’ve backed you will receive a Kickstarter update and an email with the digital wallpaper before Sunday night. Please bear with us. Thanks! : If you didn’t get a chance to back our campaign, you can still pre-order Mum’s Jumper from our website with free shipping! Link in bio. : Thanks to @camilleaubrymakes for the photo! : If you’d like to see more photos from the event and see whether you can spot yourself, you can check out our Facebook gallery using the link above. : : #jaydeperkin #illustration #grief #loss #bereavement #illustrator #illustratorsoninstagram #picturebook #Kickstarter #bookisland #bookislandbooks #KickstartMumsJumper #MumsJumper #Bristol #booksforkids #bookstagram #childrensliterature #kidsillustratedbooks #picturebookart #booklover #picturebooklover #bestpicturebooks #letstalkaboutgrief