How picturebooks enable intercultural communication: a practice-based approach
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Embargo end date27/11/2020
My research project is a practice-based exploration of ways in which visual narrative engages readers of picturebooks in intercultural communication. My approach to designing and illustrating picturebooks uses an intercultural lens, opposed to a multicultural lens, which has been found to be a limiting view of culturally diverse communities. Intercultural communication considers groups of people within a network, where interactions occur and centres on self-definition, rather than applied theory or policy. In my research project, I question how the visual narrative of picturebooks enables intercultural communication and how illustrators construct images that facilitates it. To explore this topic, I use my practice of illustrating picturebooks as the method of enquiry; narrative theory provides a theoretical framework for practical research. The result is a design framework that I, and other illustrators, can use to consider picturebook design and illustration as a platform for intercultural communication.