Mark has just got back from a busy trip visiting and sharing our work in Tokyo schools. On this occasion, it worked out best for Mark to go on his own while Linden and I stayed back and held the Dreamboat helm. So as I couldn't be there, Mark did one of the things on my list of ‘things I'd love to do in Japan’ for me. On his day off he tracked down and met with Japanese author and designer Katsumi Komagata, who is a huge inspiration to my work - cooooool!
I stumbled accross Katsumi's work a couple of years ago and fell in love with it immediately. I've even mentioned how his work was an inspiration in the design of 'Two Little Bugs' here. And even more recently, the beauty and poetic elegance of Katsumi's book ‘Little Tree’ was never far from my thoughts when I was working on our new book, ‘The Boy and the Cherry Tree’. So it was a real honour that Mark got to spend some time with him and his daughter sharing our work - and I was there in spirit!
With a bit of luck, I will get to met him in person at the next Bologna Book fair, but for now I get to treasure my edition of ‘A Cloud’ that Mark brought home for me when they swaped books - and my inner child, inspired by the master, is well content in the knowledge that he liked my work, particually ‘The Boy and the Cherry Tree’ - Happy dance!