Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Magical Mina Braun

Mina Braun is originally from Germany, where she studied at the Kassel Academy of Art. After moving to Scotland in 2003, she completed a BA and then a Master degree in illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art. Mina is passionate about drawing and printmaking. Her work is strongly motivated by visual storytelling and takes its inspiration from themes relating to childhood and nature, particularly from the transitional realm of folklore and fairy tales. Reflecting on the notion of entering a different world, her characters often appear to be in a dream-like state: sleeping, flying with closed eyes, or transforming into animals or trees. She currently works from her studio space in Morningside and the Edinburgh Printmakers, where she creates her screen prints.

Mina took part in the Girls Who Draw Magic Show exhibition at Solihull Gallery in 2011. She also created two drawings especially for the Magic zine and colouring book which was published to accompany the exhibition. But Mythical Creatures is the first Girls Who Draw postcard book which has featured Mina's illustrations. Her work is perfect for the theme and, as with Esther McManus, the book would not have been complete without Mina's contribution.

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