Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas treasure the sweet times of sitting and reading with their beloved toddler or preschooler. The stack of favorite books lies close at hand. “Read it again, please!” is often heard.
Merry Menagerie Animal Antics from A to Z will make it to that favorite pile of books to be read again and again. Artist Angie Pickman has written a delightful alphabet book with animals from armadillo to zebra frolicking and playing across the pages. Illustrating the silly capers of the animals are visually stunning graphics. The original artwork is cut from paper with charming detail engaging and delighting young readers and adults alike.
Renowned for using the centuries-old art of paper cutting, Angie introduces early learners to the alphabet. Merry Menagerie is a collection of whimsical illustrations designed to teach the alphabet. The bold graphics and simple format are perfect for toddlers to discover and learn basic alphabetical concepts, while the stylish visuals are attractive and interesting for audiences of all ages. Its timeless style will make this book enjoyable for generations to come. Merry Menagerie is a way for admirers of Angie’s art to acquire a whole collection of her work in one beautifully printed book.
About the Author
Angie Pickman is a nationally recognized cut paper artist. She combines the art of traditional paper cutting with collage to create award winning, detailed works of art and animations. Angie has a refreshingly unique style and use of color. There’s a childlike honesty and optimistic presence within her art that attracts people to it.
Angie received her master’s degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her love of nature and the tranquility of the countryside inspired her to follow the artistic path that she continues today.
“I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed,’ a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger,” Angie explains. “I had always wanted to be an artist from a very young age, but it took me a long time to figure out which medium I would find for my life calling. The traditional forms taught in school never felt quite right, but when I saw Reiniger’s work – something clicked.” Today there is a renewed interest in the traditional art of paper cutting worldwide.
Angie exhibits at galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration, animation and design work, and teaches art classes and workshops. Her work has been featured in Midwest Living and Martha Stewart Living magazines, and her animation work premiered on PBS in the documentary “Daughters of the Forest.” Angie lives in Lawrence, Kansas.