Aquatint from "Raven Girl", by Audrey Niffenegger - via

Aquatint from “Raven Girl”, by Audrey Niffenegger – via

Fascinating article over on The Guardian by Audrey Niffenegger, describing her working journey through prints and fairytales to a new dance for the Royal Ballet. In partnerships with choreographer Wayne McGregor, Niffenegger created a new fairytale – the dark story of the chimeraic Raven Girl – illustrated with a long series of aquatints.

The article describes the curious process of mixing together storytelling, printmaking and dance – a fascinating insight into the creative alchemy of collaborative working. Niffenegger is a superb novelist (The Time Traveller’s Wife), an inventive graphic novelist (The Night Bookmobile), and an accomplished print-maker, illustrator and painter. Her output is an object lesson in the unbounded nature of creativity – and of the “Renaissance” ideal of artist as unfettered by any particular medium.

All of us in the Inside Out group know each other primarily as visual artists – but am I right in suspecting that many of us should just as well be known as musicians, dancers, novelists, playwrights, singers or poets?