The book is available for purchase in Czech only for now.
The English translation will follow.
But you can book a CREATIVE COURSE with the book in English!

Let's play with the photography!
Turn these pictures into your own art!
(video in English)


STORY OF THE BOOK
(video in Czech)

During trial drawings of the sheets, I found myself fascinated by the stories unfolded by the children right in front of my eyes. I wonder what other images can be found in kids' imagination. Are you curious as well?​​​​​​​

Have you seen the exhibition
at café WILD MOTHERS?






What to expect from MY!ART book?


The great size of the book!
Almost half a meter :-) The sheets size is 23x46 cm!

 
The characteristic name of the book — MY!ART
Because it will be your own art! You can turn the book into your own masterpiece!

 
Photographic illustrations, which let children participate in their creation!
We're looking forward to see your creativity. Don't worry about using pencils, watercolours, chalks... with this paper you're allowed to use anything you want!

 
Texts on sticky notes!
The rhymed form on sticky note can give you a certain direction of how to work with the given image. Once the notes with the texts are removed, a blank space remains on the page, allowing you to fully use your fantasy. 

 
Turn the folder into a frame for your pictures!
All the sheets are kept in a folder, which can easily become a frame and stand on a table, lean against something or hang on a wall!

 
Inspiration for your own photography!
The pictures are there to inspire you, you can try and take similar ones. Let's have a fun!

 
Postcards to draw on!
You can get some postcards with the book. They are intended for drawing as well! So you can send an original postcard to your friend!
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Here you can try to read the Czech texts :-)



And now use your imagination:






PHOTOGALLERY

First introducing of the book:
 
Little private book launch:

Christmas gift for children in hospitals:

Creative course for children at school:


Do you know why the book is called MY!ART?
"As soon as I draw these sheets, they will turn into MY ART! They will become my very own artwork! I can frame and exhibit them! I can put my autograph on them. I can give them to someone! My mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, friends… Maybe as a birthday present!
What can I draw onto them? Anything at all! Each page contains a cloud sticker with a poem, which gives me inspiration what to draw there. But I might not even read it at all, maybe I already have an idea what to draw! Each sheet will be a complete original! None of them will look alike, because each author is different. What would my brother draw on the same sheet? And my cousin? Or my friend?
Besides, all the sheets will be kept in a folder, which can easily become a frame and stand on a table, lean against something or hang on a wall. I can even organize your own exhibition! Maybe we will find there the inspiration to take photos ourselves!
Photographs are such a fun thing to play!"


Would you like to know even
more about the book?

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— Who is the author of the photographic sheets?
My name is Iveta, nice to meet you :) I have experienced years of wonderful studies and internships in the field of photography and visual design at various places in the Czech Republic, France and Belgium. Now I have many plans and ideas ahead of me which I'm trying to realise! One of them is also a newly founded group KUKKU, focusing on visual creation for children. Because I love to play!

— How long did the creation of the photographic sheets take?
This might surprise you… eight years! The first images for children came into existence in 2009, during the second year of my studies in the studio of photography. Step by step, I evolved the individual images into a book, which I presented as my bachelor's degree work in 2011. Since then, I have created many more images for children to draw on. I have picked a small selection and I finally have the opportunity to introduce it to you!

— What technique was used?
All images were captured by a digital camera, but none of them is a photomontage. Each picture captures an absolutely real staged scene in front of my camera lens, but at the same time each one of them plays with reality. The final form of these photographic sheets become a play with a white surface intended for drawing. If the sheets inspire you, you can try and take a similar picture with your kids. If you want to find more inspiration, I will be happy to see you at a course :)

— Why are the sheets complemented by texts on sticky notes?
These pages are not supposed to function as a collection of worksheets with tasks, but they intend to give children as much freedom as possible! That is why I don't want the texts to order the kids what to draw, but only give them a clue what they might draw. The rhymed form can give children a certain direction of how to work with the given image. Once the notes with the texts are removed, a blank space remains on the page, allowing the kids to fully use their fantasy. Therefore the text doesn't interfere in either the photographs, or the final impression of the child's drawing.

— Who is the author of the drawings in the video?
It is my great honour to present my youngest cousin Kubíček (11), who helped me a lot with this book! He was happy to draw the pictures for the video. You can see him in the book as well. One of the photographs shows him six years ago, posing by a wall for one of the first images of the former book. And this sheet with him was drawn by another great illustrator, a son of our teaching assistant. 

— How did the author come round to photographic illustration for children?
I am fascinated by the infinite potential of children's fantasy, which can be an interesting enrichment for our "adult" way of thinking. I feel very close to the children's world and I find it very inspiring. Not only due to the fact that I enjoy spending time with kids, but also because I sometimes still feel like a child myself. Even though as a child, I couldn't wait to grow up and be an adult, nowadays I often turn to (not only my own) childhood...
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Many thanks for helping me:
Jiří Nedvěd, Petra Bejdová, Kubíček Nekněz, Bára Baronová, Miroslav Vojtěchovský, Marian Beneš and his son Kristian, Jan Krejčík, Jan Činčera, Martin Kulhavý, Petr Honců, Adéla Hůlková, Martina Kulhavá, Naďa Kovaříková, Jarmila Zobačová, Jiří Toman, Kristýna Mikulková, Jakub Mikulka, Hana Kulhavá, Zbyněk Kulhavý, Josef Havelka, Štěpánka Paseková, Lucie Muchovičová, Magdalena Marešová, Jana Tichá, Jan Kulka, Jana Pavlišová, Jirka Skalický, Kamila Nedvědová, Jana Jež, Tihana Valent, Marek Štim, Tereza Oršulíková