After the Storm

After the Storm

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

Original Title
Efter stormen
Published
Mirando Bok, 2020
Genre
Picture books
Pages
40
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After the Storm

Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

One morning, when Sam wakes up on her lonely island in
the middle of the ocean, an icy storm has just passed by.
The snow still pours into her bedroom and a rope, which
turns out to be enchanted, is left in the middle of the
floor. When Sam tries to grab the rope, it slips away from
her, enticing her to run after it, out of the little cottage and
into the deep forest…
Tree trunks and branches here and there have been broken
by the night’s hard winds and Sam runs, jumps, climbs
and balances with the help of the rope, through the
storm-ravaged forest. Eventually she reaches the beach on
the other side of the island, where she makes a surprising
discovery.
Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson is a textile artist, educated at HDK
in Gothenburg. After the Storm is her debut as a picture
book maker. Stitch by stitch, she has built up a peculiar
and dizzyingly beautiful picture book, about a winter
storm and the time afterwards. The center of the story is
Sam, a girl with an ability for imagination that gives her
tiger-like powers.

“I have embroidered Sam’s story slowly, stitch by stitch. It
has been like putting together a puzzle: methodical and
intuitive at the same time, dreamy yet deeply rooted in
real events. Events that sometimes require to be secured
with double knots on inherited bed linen.”
Ida-Lovisa Rudolfsson

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