The ecologist Aldo Leopold believed that when making environmental decisions we should ‘Think like a Mountain’. The idea behind his philosophy was simple. He urged us to think of the ecosystem from the soil up. What is good for the Mountain is good for the whole ecosystem, including us. But do we think like a Mountain? Do we ever ask the Mountain if the Mountain is happy? If we did, what would the Mountain say?
I have tried to answer that question in my first book: The Mountain that moved. This book is a fun tale about a lonely Mountain that decides he is sick of being a Mountain and is going to try being an Island. This causes chaos for the people in the city below. The book itself is constructed in a very playful and engaging way. I used folds and cutouts throughout the book to create suspense and to engage the reader. I hope this story will entertain young readers and also feed their imagination, allowing them to think about Landscape in a new way.
This space where humans and the Land meet has been at the core of my research over the last two years. My work inspires the audience to think beyond the page, to wonder about the natural world and start to ask questions. And ultimately to want to experience this world for themselves. See more images from the book here