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Illustration: Siri Ahmed Backström’s illustration is a gorgeous mishmash of texture and print

Swedish illustrator Siri Ahmed Backström describes herself first and foremost as a storyteller, and judging from the projects in her portfolio, of which there are no small number, it’s the fine art of creating narrative illustration to accompany a tale that she’s so good at. These images are from a book called Syskondagen, which translates as “Sibling’s Day,” and tells the story of two siblings spending a day together. The imagery is unlike anything I’ve seen before; a gloriously tactile-looking mishmash of textures, colours and shapes, with triangle print patterns on jumpers and checked tights all drawn in charmingly intricate detail. Illustration for children’s books comes into its own when you can glean the vague shape of the story without any text at all, and the fact that this is true here is an excellent testament to the quality of Siri’s work.

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Siri Ahmed Backström: Syskondagen

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Siri Ahmed Backström: Syskondagen