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Children’s / Young-adult Book: Children of the World / Oct 2012

Posted in Books, Children's by andrejabrulc on 22/10/2012

otroci_sveta_coverI designed a children’s / young-adult fiction book, Otroci sveta (Children of the World), containing 18 stories written by author, Janja Vidmar, in response to 18 photographs, taken by photojournalist, Benka Pulko, during her six-year journey around the world on a motorcycle. The founder of a charitable and educational project for Tibetan children, Benka was awarded two titles by the Guiness World Records: for circling all five continents and for undertaking a solo female journey across Saudi Arabia. The book was published by her not-for-profit organisation, Undara Studio, in conjunction with Maribor2012, European City of Culture.

The brief required a minimalist design – a style used for high quality photo journals – in order to give a clear balance between text and image. The photos of young children from different cultural backgrounds were tightly constructed on the page in order to emotionally connect young readers to them through the stories. The typography was also chosen appropriate for the age group the book is aimed at.

In 2014 the book was nominated for Večernica, the highest award for children’s and young-adult literature in Slovenia. The book was also selected for the 34th IBBY International Congress in Mexico City in 2014.

Andreja was a very attentive designer with many excellent ideas, yet able to incorporate our wishes into the project. She managed her tasks with immaculate precision, following through on the issues to the point where all the authors were satisfied. Throughout the design process for our book she was a respectful and considerate artist. I would not hesitate to recommend her, or to work with her again in the future.
– Benka Pulko, benkapulko.com, otrocisveta.si

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Children’s Picture Book: Barvice / Feb 2011

Posted in Books, Children's by andrejabrulc on 04/02/2011

Children’s picture book of poetry on 12 colours by Feri Lainšček and illustrated and designed by Andreja Brulc, called Barvice (Coloured Pencils), was released by a Slovene publisher Franc-Franc.

The book is part of a multimedia project for children called World of Colours. The project, which will take place next year in conjunction with Maribor 2012, European City of Culture, will be carried out by a group of four people: Feri Lainšček, Janja Vidmar, Benka Pulko and Andreja Brulc.

I responded directly to each poem and each colour is treated on a separate double-page spread. The book was therefore very complex and ambitious. It demanded considerable technical skills, including understanding of 6-colour print technology as the book includes gold and silver inks.

The illustrations are, I believe, highly innovative and original – a view supported by reviews. They show a variety of technical skills, not only in construction but also in using mixed media, combining various techniques, including drawing, photography collaging, photomontaging and digital manipulation. The process involved a cut and paste technique of many pieces of paper in various tones, patterns and textures, representing the 12 colours. Many papers used were from my collection and included recycled paper shopping bags and napkins, collected during various travels around the world over the years. I also used inks and scrim tape in order to achieve the desired textures and colours. Shapes were pasted or collaged together in order to construct each element of the image in a playful way.

The book was one of the five books nominated for Večernica and Desetnica (2011), the two highest awards for children’s and youth’s literature in Slovenia. The book was named ‘Book of the Month’ (March 2011) by Lunin Festival, one of most important children’s festivals in Slovenia.

Interesting and vivid illustrations … incorporate different kind of images as a whole, both from the point of technique (photography, cut out images, drawing) and from the point of selected motives (a visual translation of the poet’s words).
– Dragica Haramija & Janja Batič, Sodobnost 10 (2013): 1450–1452

I enjoyed from the start how Andreja followed and understood my verse, which she then interpreted and included in her own visual way of thinking. The result was new networks of meanings and symbols, perhaps even artistic expression that goes beyond literary and visual art.
– Feri Lainšček, quoted in Zdenko Kodrič, Večer (Večernica), 22 Sep 2011

… more than wonderful …
– Zdenko Kodrič, Večer (Večernica), 22 Sep 2011

Her first children’s book embraces the poetry in a sophisticated and artistic manner, and has caught the rhythm of Lainšček’s literary thoughts …
– Liljana Klemenčič, Večer, 4 July 2011

… highly innovative and exploratory …
Sensa (Za navdih), 3 Feb 2011


The picture book is one of the five books (out of 261 books) nominated for Večernica on 14 June 2011. Večernica is the most prestigious award for youth literature in Slovenia. The results will be announced in Sep 2011.

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