21 Olive Trees
wentyone Olive Trees: A Mother’s Walk through the Grief of Suicide to Hope and Healing by Laura Formentini was a project that was deeply moving for me. The book is written as a series of poems, letters and fables to her son Blaise in the year after his untimely death.
I was immediately moved, not only by her tragic loss, but also by her determination to transform her pain and grief into healing and peace and to gift this very personal story to the world to help those going through their own grief and dark moments. She chose the title Twentyone Olive Trees because her son was 21 when he died. She also intends to plant twenty one olive trees in his honour at a healing sanctuary that she is currently creating.
Laura had envisioned her book as being illustrated like a medieval Book of Hours, and I was thrilled. As I am deeply inspired by medieval and Renaissance illumination and I absolutely relished the opportunity to indulge in intricate acanthus scroll borders and detailed illustrations.
This was like the project I had been preparing myself for my whole life. The brief was for 21 full page illustrations, illuminated initial letters for each chapter, spot illustrations for the chapter headings and the cover artwork.
The release date is January 11 2022 and it is available for pre-order from Amazon.