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Elisa Squillace

I was born in 1979 and in 2001, I graduated from the European Institute of Design in Milan, where I lived for a few years. I now live and work in the North of Italy, on the side of Maggiore one of the most beautiful Italian landscapes. From my studio window I can see the lake and mountains which is good for inspiration.

I've been working as an illustrator of children's books since 2002, illustrating books in Italy and in the UK, where I have published books with Child's Play, Allegra Publishing, Franklin Watts and Usborne.

I've loved children's books since my childhood and grew up with a special love for English literature. As a child my favourite author was Roald Dahl and my favourite illustrators were Quentin Blake, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham and Cicely Mary Barker.

Since I can remember I've always been drawing and making creative handicrafts, such as puppets and little toys. I was an imaginative child and even now I use fantasy not only in my work, but also to get the best from everyday life.

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