"B" is for Brooklyn: A Fashionable Borough by Selina Alko
Central Library, Youth Wing
Original artwork by this acclaimed author and illustrator including illustrations and sketches. Exhibition now extended through February 2013!
What I love about New York are the many different cultures that I find fascinating and inspiring. I try to intergrate my cultural experiences into my drawings, and although I bring who I am to my work, I don't feel limited by it. I enjoy and appreciate the blending of various communities around me. Publisher's Weekly sums up how I feel about Brooklyn in a review of my most recent book, B is for Brooklyn: "It's a love letter through and through...with (my) outpouring of affection limited only by the physical capacity of the pages"
Selina Alko was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and moved to New York in 1991. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Every-Day Dress-Up, her contribution to the tot-sized fashion pantheon, that she both wrote and illustrated, was called a “happy antidote to the princess plague,” by Kirkus Reviews, and her latest book, B is for Brooklyn, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Alko has also painted murals in and around New York City from 1995 to 1999 and was included in the original art show at the Society of Illustrators, New York, 2005, 2006, 2011 (My Subway Ride, My Taxi Ride, and Every-Day Dress-Up). Author photo © Walker Esner
View highlights of fashion-related programs and additional exhibitions (including more art for children by Elaine Pedlar) online at http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/events/fashion/fashion-illustration