Archive for September 16th, 2008

Alida Bothma …Image: accu.or.jp
Alida Bothma an artist/illustrator of children’s books. Born in 1953. Studied at School of Art and Design, Technikon, Cape Town. Artist and art gallery owner. Started working as illustrator and designer at advertising agency in Cape Town. Exhibited water colour paintings at international exhibition in Germany in 1979.
The winning work is published in Afrikaans from Nasou via Afrika, South Africa, in 2004.

I loooooove this piece of art!

I came across Alida Bothma’s art when searching for a topic and then remembered how beautifully she used to illustrate children’s books in South Africa. In 2004 she was a runner-up in the Noma Concours Picture Book illustrations-award and I’m not surprised. I’m actually surprised that she wasn’t a winner…but all can’t be winners..lol! you have to take turns…so I guess it wasn’t her “turn” …

The Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations has been organised biennially by Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) supported by Noma International Book Development Fund. This Concours is to discover up-and-coming illustrators, graphic designers and artists in Asia (except Japan), the Pacific, Africa, Arab States, and Latin America & the Caribbean, to provide an opportunity at which they can present their works to offer incentives for their creative activities.
Source: http://www.accu.or.jp/noma/english/e_index.html

“Woordreise” means “word travels.” This is a collection of poems in Afrikaans. The first themes are “What next,” then “Writing Songs.” Next “Read it, speak it, eat it!” tries to encourage young people to use the Afrikaans language. Then, “Ballad, reports, and stories,” “Growing up,” and “The Big Bang of Love.” This is followed by poems about scary things. “Bitterbessie dagbreek” is a name of a well-known poem by Ingrid Jonker. The last poems are about birds, insects, and animals. See more awards on this link:


Image: kalahari.net
Goue Lint My Storie Begint..(A book of verse for little children also Illustrated by Alida)

The Katrine Harries Award, originally the only and most prestigious award in South Africa for children’s book illustrations, but which had been dormant for the past nine years, will soon be awarded again.

Protea Boekhuis has kindly agreed to sponsor the Award on a continuous basis.The award that was made for the first time in the early 1960’s by the SA Library Association and later the South African Institute for Library and Information Science (SAILIS) has been awarded to South Africa’ s most well-known illustrators: Katrine Harries personally received the award twice before it was named after her. Thereafter illustrators such as Niki Daly, Joan Rankin, Alida Bothma, Cora Coetzee, Jeremy Grimsdell, amongst others, have received it, with Jude Daly finally receiving it in 1997 for Gift of the Sun.
Resource: http://scbwigauteng.blogspot.com/2007/09/katrine-harries-award-for-childrens.html

In 1997 her art was on display with other artists from South Africa in Belgium…see this link http://www.childlit.org.za/exantwerp.html

These two images immediately captured my attention! I think this old lady really feels “So Tired”…see my entry about “So Tired” yesterday, but not only tired, maybe depressed/sad too….or deeply morbid?
Deeply Morbid
by Stevie Smith

Deeply morbid deeply morbid was the girl who typed the letters
Always out of office hours running with her social betters
But when daylight and the darkness of the office closed about her
Not for this ah not for this her office colleagues came to doubt her
It was that look within her eye
Why did it always seem to say goodbye?

Joan her name was and at lunchtime
Solitary solitary
She would go and watch the pictures
In the National Gallery
All alone all alone
This time with no friend beside her
She would go and watch the pictures
All alone.

Read the rest of the poem here:

Images from this link:

Awards Alida has received

1. Merit award: NOMA Concours (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan 1994 – illustration in “Die Wit Vlinder by Corlia Fourie.
2. Bronze Medal and Runner-up award: NOMA Concours (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan 2005 for a volume of poetry, Woordreise.
1. Katrine Harries Medal for illustration in 1985 for two books: All Everest’s Birds (Rona Rupert) and The Earth must be free (Pieter W. Grobbelaar).
2. M.E.R. Medal in 1988 for illustrations in the book Goue Fluit my storie is uit (compiled by Linda Roode).
3. ATKV Award for illustrators in 1993, 1997 and 2000 for the books Caty Collie Wobbles (Elsabe Steenberg), Stippe Stappe Stories, and Steweltjies na Wonderland (Hester Heese).

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