Nelson Leader : February 19th 2015
26 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 NEWS Bearded lady led to writing book H undreds of hours creating a ‘‘bearded lady’’ character for the World of WearableArt stage has become the inspiration for a quirky new children’s book. Richmond’s Gill Saunders created Rosa (Le Freak C’est Chic) for the 2010 World of Wearable Arts in Wellington, winning second place in her category. When Saunders was making the cos- tume, which took more than 300 hours, she felt inspired to create a story about her. ‘‘I sort of fell in love with the idea of making her into a character, ‘‘ said Saunders. After four years of writing and illustrat- ing, Saunders is thrilled to finally publish the children’s book, titled Rosa and Friends Leaving the Circus. The official launch has just been held at the World of Wearable Arts Museum. The children’s book, about Rosa who has a very tall friend named Charlie and a very short friend named Joan, is a story of acceptance and following your dreams, said Saunders. ‘‘They are all flawed in some way but they have big dreams and they choose to chase them by leaving the circus, ‘‘ she said. Saunders wrote and illustrated the entire book. It is on sale at the World of Wearable Art Museum for $25. Marie Tilley, left and Graham Saunders at the book launch. Sioned Winterton, left, Mary Bier and Rachel Keir-Smith. World of Wearable Art’s designer Gill Saunders with her children’s book Rosa and Friends Leaving the Circus. Photos : MARTIN DE RUYTER Nan Ward, left, Karen Stade and Tanya Rowe. Karen Price and Grant Price.
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