Sunday, June 7, 2009

Jennifer Labella Art

Jennifer Labella Art is an amazing shop on Etsy. Jennifer is from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, only 1.5 hours north of me!! She has the most wonderful book that she has had published and actually won an award in NY!!

" I am very pleased to announce that my book, A Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light, has won a silver medal in the category: Children's Picture Book (all ages), in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. There were over 4,000 books entered in this competition, and my book's category had one of the largest number of entries! The awards were presented on May 29, 2009 in New York City during Book Expo America. "

She has made prints and cards from some of the illustrations in the book, and is selling them in her shop. May have to get this book for my nephew for his b-day in Oct. He loves to read and this book looks amazing!!

1. How did you decide on your shop name?
I wanted to use my name because as an artist, that is how people know me.

2. When did you start crafting?
I have been painting and drawing all my life- as long as I can remember.

3. Are there other crafts you would like to try?
At the moment, working on getting better at watercolor techniques keeps me pretty busy!

4. What or who inspires you?
All other artists inspire me, including crafters and I marvel at all their unique abilities.

5. Do you have a day job?
Being an artist is my day job, as well as landscape designing which is more seasonal work.

6. What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?
My children's picture book, A Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light. Writing the story, doing the illustrations and putting it all together took me close to a year. And the icing on the cake is finding out yesterday that it won a silver medal in a big international book awards competition (The IPPY Awards)in the children's picture book, all ages category.


  1. What an inspiring post...I'm so in awe of anybody who gets their act together enough to publish a book...and do all the illustrations as well...thanks for telling us about this artist!

  2. Wow her art is beautiful, and what an inspiring post!

  3. WOW! Beautiful illustrations! I'm going to check my local bookstore to see if we have her book!

  4. Such a lovely book, incredible illustrations.

  5. Audrey, thank you for sharing this! Her illustrations are amazing.

  6. That is AMAZING! Her work is truely awe inspiring! WOW!

  7. Wow. Seriously, just, WOW! What an amazing artist, such a great attitude too. Will certainly check out her shop.

  8. Lovely post! I love her illustrations, so beautifully colored!



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