Magic Gardens

22nd July 2014 by Jane Chapman

My most recent book, The Magical Snow Garden is about a penguin called Wellington who has seen gardens in books, and wants to make one of his own. But how can he make a garden in the snow? Fortunately he’s the sort of penguin who eats biscuits in foil wrappers, so inspired by a tin foil flower, he makes a sculpture garden out of all the things he finds.

Tim and I filled my sister’s garden with bugs once. We went through the recycling bin and created all sorts of lemonade-bottle butterflies and beetles. It was really satisfying! In fact, I might give it a go again this summer…

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a bit about us

We studied illustration together at Brighton University, graduating in 1993. Since then we've got married, had a couple of kids, and collectively illustrated over 150 books.

Although we work separately on our own commissions, we constantly refer to each other for advice when we get stuck. For instance, Jane is definitely better at perspective and providing cake, whereas Tim knows how to work the scanner and type an invoice.

We share a studio in rural Dorset, UK near the Jurassic Coast, with cows, rabbits, and badgers for neighbours.

Together we are CHAPMAN AND WARNES (a bit like Batman and Robin, but with less crime fighting and no capes)!

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