Tucson Festival of Books

Illustrator Studio: Dreams, Emotions, and Memory as Composition

Zahra Marwan's artwork has been described as dreamlike for what she thinks may be a good reason. She spends a lot of time daydreaming, if not vividly night dreaming. She comes from a culture and family where dreams hold a lot of power, where what seems like frivolous memory or detail retain deep meaning, and how honesty and vulnerability through art and personal experience can help discuss topics that otherwise remain buried deep in obscurity. Zahra will give a presentation on the use of symbolism in her picture book spreads, as well as prompts and demonstration on how to excavate these symbols from yourself onto the page.

Zahra Marwan

Zahra Marwan grew up in two deserts -- one close to the sea in Kuwait, the other close to the mountains in New Mexico. She is a fine artist who exhibits extensively and has won international awards and fellowships, including the SCBWI Mentorship Award....

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Where Butterflies Fill the Sky
A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home
Zahra Marwan
Children / Teens
Bloomsbury USA
March 2022
ISBN 9781547606511
48 pages