Art and a world of imagination
Paige Walters with diorama of The Neverending Story, at the Library in Bradford, Ont. on Saturday October 7, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network
The display case at the entrance to the Bradford library is often filled with eye-catching items.
This month, the display includes a special challenge to readers, to use their imaginations to enter new worlds of discovery and adventure through books.
The dioramas and imaginative artwork are the creation of library employee Paige Walters and her co-workers – with Walters the driving force in illustrating beloved books that include The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, and The Neverending Story.
Walters, an aspiring graphic artist and illustrator, hand made playing card soldiers, to illustrate Alice in Wonderland, and built the dioramas.
The sculpture of Falkor, the flying luck dragon of Neverending Story, was her first sculpture, made of tinfoil, styrofoam, fake fur, sequins and art clay. “He's my favourite,” Walters says. “It took a week to make.”
She doesn't begrudge the effort, because it combined her love of both art and books. “I've always had a passion for reading and story-writing,” she says – and with help from Anne Wallace-Mitchell, Linda Roberts and Lorri Jackson, she's filled the display case with her own and borrowed items, her art and inspiration.
After all, Walters says, “Art is meant to be shared” - just like books.