Ava lives in Rome, her cousin Otto lives in Berlin. They are great collectors: Ava collects leaves from interesting plants, Otto is crazy about collecting cupolas and campanili. They will meet at Merano to enrich their collections. What will they find between the alleys of the old town, under the shadow of La Polveriera?
The book is part of the more extensive “Primavera Meranese” project, a multifaceted festival involving lots of different events focusing around interaction between art and nature aimed at discovering – or rediscovering – Merano in a different and engaging way. After Harriet Russell (2015) and Katrin Stangl (2016), Steven Guarnaccia has now been asked to render the city’s extraordinary landscape heritage through an illustrated story. The project draws inspiration from the Ópla collection, an archive of artistic children’s books longing to Merano Civic Library and it is the second book in a collection being brought out by “Primavera Meranese” publications.
Steven Guarnaccia is an illustrator and designer, and Associate Professor of Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design, where he was the director of the Illustration Program from 2004-2011. He was previously the art-director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times. During his 35-year career as an internationally recognized illustrator he has worked for major magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Abitare, Rolling Stone and Domus, has created murals for Disney Cruise Lines, and exhibition drawings for a show of Achille Castiglione’s work at the Museum of Modern Art. He is the author of books on popular culture and design, including Black and White, a book on the absence of color, published by Chronicle Books. Guarnaccia has designed watches and packaging for Swatch, and greeting cards for the Museum of Modern Art. He has won awards from the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and has exhibited his work in one-man shows in the USA and Europe. His children’s books include The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne, The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale and Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale, all published by Corraini Editore in Italy and Abrams in the US.