Sarah Bellisario – Launch of ‘Menagerie Magique’

Written by Anton Psak

On May 21, 2014

sarahscarletLast Sunday saw the Launch of ‘Menagerie Magique’ written and illustrated by Sarah Bellisario, fellow at ‘The Farmhouse’ and Published by Lirabelle in France.

(It has a limited text in French)

The Launch and signing was at ‘David’s Book Shop’ in letchworth and was proceeded by a reading and a look through the sketchbooks Sarah worked on whilst forming ideas for the book.


‘Menagerie Magique’ is a book for young children, filled with fabulous birds and beasts from all around the world. A largely wordless book perfect for little children who want to play a game of ‘Guess Who’ as you turn each page to reveal a new colourful animal. Have fun roaring, squawking and mimicking the animals through the book!

Sarah say’s “In ‘Menagerie Magique’ I worked by creating dozens of symmetrical ink blots using lots of vibrant colours. My daughter Scarlet helped me to choose the colours and make the ink blots so that I could not plan them too much!

When the blots were dry I imagined them into different animals and illustrated them with fine liner pens and watercolour pencils.

I hope you enjoy experiencing the Magical Menagerie book full of magical beasts and riotus colours!”

The book is available to purchase or order in David’s book shop and can also be ordered through Amazon France.

A3 and A4 Colour prints from the book available.

Sarah’s work can also be found on

Sarah has also produced work as part of Dot to Dot’s Festival of food exhibition.


“ A jar full of my favourite nibbles”

Head down to Dot to Dot in May to see my work and various other artist’s foodie art, painting and illustration.

A Festival of Food exhibition starts Thursday 8th May.

You May Also Like…



An exhibition of painting, drawing and letter carving by Jane Bottery and Simon Langsdale at Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow 10 August – 24 September with a opening event 13 August 2 – 4pm

Explore More

We’ve got more to read right this way.


Fellows News



Artist of the Month



Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!