Puteri Gunung Ledang

Here’s my latest picture book, Puteri Gunung Ledang, written in Bahasa Malaysia (Malay Language).

I know the story of the Princess from Mount Ledang has appeared in books, movies, and plays— but I still want to feature the story, in my own words.

I am telling it in a different perspective; in an angle as if I myself was standing behind the Princess, so close that I can convey her feelings. This contrasts with many stories, especially those written for children, where the Princess is rather passive. Indeed, the original story was likely told to show how great and powerful the Sultan of Melaka was. Although he didn’t win her hand, it was not because he lacked the power but because he was conscious of his duty towards his heir and country.

The story is told in poetry which gives it drama and pathos, suitable for a play. This is definitely one book to add to your collection if you are a fan of folktales and a collector of picture books.


I use the motifs of Malaysian batik sarongs but however, unlike the bright colours of batik, I use primarily red, yellow, grey and white, resulting in a subdued effect.

I am taking this opportunity to acknowledge the editor, Datuk Hjh Zaiton Ajamain.

You can preview the book and/or buy online at:  Puteri Gunung Ledang, Oyez Book Store.

Alternatively, you can buy offline from Silverfish Book Store, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar, KL.

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Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe by Rakeru, Tokyo

As a big fan of Beatrix Potter and her creation, Peter Rabbit, going to its cafe is a must, so I did that on my second day in Tokyo with my friend Mazni and her daughter, Nadya.

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This cafe is situated at Jiyugaoka area, a stylish and chic neighbourhood at the southern part of Meguro-ku.

Arriving at this cafe, first thing that I noticed was the beautiful alfresco garden setting. I ran up the stairs and opened the cafe’s door excitedly, just like a little kid entering a wonderland. It was truly a fantastic feeling.

prcafeTell me how would you feel seeing a cafe like this? Amazing, right?

Once inside, we helped ourselves to a table. The setting is very English, of course, to honour Beatrix Potter, the well-known  English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

On the table there were two copies of  Peter Rabbit books (in Japanese), a jar of wrapped cube sugars, a pitcher of plain water, drink glasses, as well as little bell to ring. There was also Petter Rabbit waiting for us.

peter-rabbitPeter Rabbit and Dina.

peter-rabbit2We invited Flopsy Bunny from next table to join us.

We ordered two coffee (with Peter Rabbit art), hot chocolate, and Doubleberry French Toast Casserole. Everything was nicely presented and we went oohs and aahs eating the yummy casserole. The coffee and chocolate was good too.

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We spent more than two hours at the cafe just enjoying the surrounding while making photos and videos. Here’s a video made by Nadya, featuring Mazny as the intro:

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Dream World now available in Indonesia

Pre-order is now available in Indonesia for my Dream World colouring book. Head on to Tokotmindo on Instagram to pre-order and get 30% discount. It is compilation of few of my colouring books into one book.

Dream World is published by Penerbit Haru.

Judul : Dream Worlddream world_indonesia
Penulis: Emila Yusof
Halaman: 52
Ukuran: 19×22 cm
ISBN: 978-602-77428-4-0

Sinopsis
Buku ini berisi 48 ilustrasi yang akan membawa Anda menjelajah dunia mimpi. Anda akan menemukan peri-peri di dedaunan, berkunjung ke berbagai rumah pohon, dan melihat dunia di atas punggung burung raksasa.
Ceriakan dunia mimpi di buku mewarnai untuk dewasa ini dengan untaian warna dan imajinasi yang Anda miliki!
Jangan lupa bagikan karya Anda dengan tagar #DreamWorldID, dan mention @penerbitharu serta @coloringbookid. Best selling coloring book dari illustrator asal Malaysia. Instagram @EmilaYusof

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Emila Yusof’s colourart book making news in Germany

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ENGLISH:

Neue Presse 9 November 2015

(Headline)
Colour us excited!

(Introduction)
Sharpen your crayons and go! colouring isn’t kids’ stuff anymore but a real trend among adults to unwind. ‘Neue Presse’ editor Maike Jacobs and Frank Wilde (photography) present the most interesting books and the stars of the scene.

(Text)
When Anja Leidel is colouring she tends to forget everything around her. Colouring is pure relaxation for her. She loses herself completely in the worlds on paper that become more colourful with every stroke: ‘This form of colouring is for me a creative kind of meditation’, the 38-year-old says. ‘It’s so exciting to see how the colours come to life and the picture changes its expression. You stop thinking about anything else – colouring art truly grounds me.

Anja Leidel always used to draw and paint, showed her paintings in an exhibition in high school times but didn’t continue her hobby. ‘I became a graphic designer and focused on editorial design instead.’ Besides her agency she founded a small publishing house called ‘feingespinst‘ last year dedicated to publish beautiful and artful books.

‘At Frankfurt book fair last year I met the Malaysian artist, Emila Yusof. I liked her artworks so much that I immediately decided to publish them as colouring art books for adults under my publishing label.’ Each of the colouring art books ‘Mama Erde’ (‘Mother Earth’) and ‘Liebe Natur’ (‘Nature Sings’) contain 13 hand drawn artworks by Emila Yusof. ‘You can frame your masterpiece after it’s done or give it away as a a gift’, the young publisher recommends.

And of course Anja Leidel rediscovered her old hobby and now colours with enthusiasm herself: ‘When colouring, the biggest joy is creating your own rules – what colours you choose or what combinations you use.’

(Caption:)
EXCITED: Anja Leidel hasn’t only discovered her passion for colouring, but published two colouring books for adults. ‘Mutter Erde’ — ‘Mother Earth’ — (small photograph) is one of them.

GERMAN:

Neue Presse 9. November 2015

(Headline)
Das können Sie sich nicht schöner ausmalen

(Introduction)
Stifte gespitzt und los gehts: Ausmalen ist kein Kinderkram, sondern unter Erwachsenen ein echter Trend mit meditativer Wirkung. NP-Redakteurin Maike Jacobs und Frank Wilde (Fotos) stellen die interessantesten Bücher und die Stars der Szene vor.

(Text)
Wenn Anja Leidel ausmalt, dann vergisst sie alles um sich herum. Malen, das ist für sie pures Abschalten. Sie verliert sich vollkommen in den Welten auf dem Papier, die Strich um Strich bunter werden: „Diese Form des Ausmalens ist für mich eine kreative Art der Meditation“, sagt die 38-Jährige. „Es ist so spannend, zu sehen, wie die Farben allmählich wirken und das Bild einen anderen Ausdruck bekommt. Man denkt an nichts anderes – das Ausmalen erdet einen!“

Anja Leidel hat schon immer gemalt, als Abiturientin sogar eine Ausstellung mit ihren Bildern gehabt, aber dann das Hobby nicht weiter verfolgt. „Ich bin Grafikdesignerin geworden, habe mich mehr auf Publikationsdesign konzentriert.“

Neben ihrer Agentur hat die Hannoveranerin im letzten Jahr den kleinen Verlag „Feingespinst“ aufgebaut, in dem sie schöne, künstlerische Bücher herausbringt.

„Vergangenes Jahr habe ich auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse die malaysische Künstlerin Emila Yusof kennengelernt. Ihre Bilder fand ich gleich so toll, dass ich sofort beschloss, diese als Malbücher für Erwachsene in meinem Verlag herauszubringen.“ Die Bücher „Mama Erde“ und „Liebe Natur“ sind Ausmalbücher (8,50 Euro) mit jeweils 13 handgezeichneten Motiven. „Man kann die Bilder auch nach dem Ausmalen heraustrennen, sich rahmen oder auch verschenken“, sagt die Jung-Verlegerin.

Und natürlich hat Anja Leidel ihr altes Hobby wiederentdeckt und malt mit Begeisterung selbst aus: „Beim Ausmalen ist der besondere Spaß, dass man sich selbst die Regeln setzen kann, welche Farben man nimmt, unter welchen Aspekten man die Muster coloriert.“

(Caption:)

BEGEISTERT: Anja Leidel hat nicht nur ihre Leidenschaft fürs Ausmalen entdeckt, sondern auch schon zwei Erwachsenen-Malbücher herausgebracht. „Mutter Erde“ (kleines Foto) ist eines davon.

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