The first of three new Gallery Features on the PaperTigers site, we are delighted to welcome Katie Yamasaki, whose vibrant artwork has not only graced picture-books, but flows across vast buildings. In our Q&A, Katie talks about her picture-book Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars written by Mark Weston (Lee & Low Books, 2008) as well as her forthcoming author-illustrated Fish for Jimmy (Holiday House), based on “a true family story” in a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War.
Katie also describes how she hadn’t considered becoming an artist because “I didn’t have a sense of how art could be used to make a difference in the world.” It is fortunate that she came to realise otherwise, and her involvement in community mural projects all over the world has certainly made a difference in many people’s lives.
You can see some examples of Katie’s murals in our Gallery – and do also explore her website for more in-depth exploration of her work: including her wonderful Pintando Postales project between children in Santiago de Cuba and New York City. And I can’t resist including this video here – enjoy and be inspired!