‘The princess doesn’t cry, but she doesn’t laugh either’. Patricia Metola’s favourite character is an imprisoned princess. ‘I’ve always wanted to tell stories. As a child I wrote poetry and sometimes I painted. Now I draw stories and imagine tales’.
This is how the artist presents herself. She visited Bologna three years ago and there, at the book fair; she remembered her childhood and decided to make a career out of illustration.
The illustrator attended the Mostra degli Ilustratori of the Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil
in Bologna on two occasions, 2010 and 2011. In the interview she gave Canal Lector Metola
explains how La princesa feliz (Narval) wasn’t just her first collaboration with Carlo Fabetti
; but it also marked a changing point in her career. She has moved from graphic design and education texts to the freedom of illustrating children’s picture books.
Patricia Metola (Madrid 1974) is especially interested in the emotional stories of characters and for these she uses a free technique and adopts a child’s outlook. She defines her job as the ‘creation of a parallel narration that enriches the story until it is almost insoluble’.
Amongst her books the illustrator chooses to highlight La princesa feliz. It is worth watching the video of the story by ‘Teatrillo’ with a text by Carlo Fabretti and illustration, voice and video by herself. In 2013 Metola has published a new book by carlo Fabretti: Calvino (Narval).
has a blog through which many of her creations can be appreciated. Below is her interview for Canal Lector:
Metola: ‘I enjoy using different materials because it adds an element of surprise. Using certain paints means you can’t control how the drawing will take form. I have always loved telling stories and being a mother has changed my perspectives on books.’