The SELCIE Sketchbook

On this page, Katie Forrester, SELCIE‘s artist-in-residence, shares drawings from her sketchbooks,  inspired by the beautiful, curious, and quirky things she discovers deep down in the heart of the Museum of Childhood’s book archives…


Summer 2018

The sketches below examine the illustration within British collections of fairy tales published from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. The sketches explore how various folktales originating in a range of diverse traditions were appropriated for a Western audience. Katie is interested in how story binds identity to place, an idea which she pursues in her own artwork and research.


‘On the back of the north wind…’

‘The Boy and the Wolves, or a broken promise…’

‘Maiden, are you warm?’

‘The sea arose in the form of a woman…’

‘sitting in the water under the bridge at the world’s end…’




from Spring visits 2017

Katie Sketchbook 1

Katie Sketchbook 2

Katie Sketchbook 3

Katie Sketchbook 4

Katie Sketcbbook 5

Katie Sketchbook 6*

from Summer visits 2017

‘The sea so wide, and my boat so small…’



‘one by one she fed each little orphan with her golden spoon…’