This is a photograph of Jean Tori’s studio in Umbria.
This is where the magic happens! My mother is Jean Tori, an incredibly talented artist who has been painting professionally for the past 55 years. Our creative collaboration started after teaming up to work on a series of children’s books. Jean now focuses on painting illustrations (she calls it changing careers!), while I (Anthinula) write the stories, and both of us design the books. This is how our start-up adventure began and Jean Tori Design Ltd. was originally created.
We have two books that we will be publishing in 2019. The first book, The Wizards and the Whale, will be launched at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April 2019.
Alongside the books, we’re also developing design products using Jean’s original and pattern-filled artwork, from fabrics to calendars, to aprons, and iPad covers – coming soon. There are lots of projects in the pipe-line, so please sign up for our newsletter to be kept informed of the progress, along with new paintings, book launch updates, and design ideas.
Jean, a British artist, has being painting since graduating from the Portsmouth College of Art in 1958. After numerous exhibitions in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, where Jean used to live, she then moved to Italy, where other shows were held in Rome, Bologna, Umbria and Tuscany. Jean paints with Tempera on hand-made Mulberry paper screens and canvases, which she makes herself.
Half British and half Italian, Anthinula is a writer and a designer. After living in Asia, London, Austin and Italy, working in filmmaking and design, she now lives between London and Umbria, where she collaborates with Jean. Along with creating children’s books and following the development of the Jean Tori Design business, Anthinula also writes food comedy crime mysteries, travel novels and ghost stories.
Roy Johnson, Commercial Director
Roy started his career in children's books working for Orchard Books, Julie Macrae Books and Franklin Watts; the Watts Group as it was then known. He has had spells at OUP, Thames & Hudson and Laurence King. He worked for seven years for John Nicoll at Frances Lincoln when it was an independent publishing house. Roy has also worked with Wide Eyed Editions, Words and Pictures and QED. In 2016 he founded Kid Gloves, a commercial consultancy set up specifically to work with small independent children's publishers and help them develop their publishing, brands, authors and illustrators, sales and distribution and their market presence.