We discovered Madalena Bastos on a rainy day in Lisbon (not too dissimilar from today in Ireland) as we went through the loops and mazes of the LX Factory. Upon stepping foot into her studio and being introduced, Adam promptly said ‘‘Yep, you two are going to like each other. ‘‘ (And naturally, we did) A gifted storyteller who shares that she’s ‘‘inspired by the wonders of everyday life, but also by literature and travelling. I draw on my love of stories and the people I meet to create quirky and colourful characters, bringing my passion to the page. “
And the result? Sweet, vibrant, whimsical and utterly endearing. She gifted her sister a wedding book of illustrations from her big day (tear-jerker) and I promptly fell smitten to her talent all over again.
What better way to make a day come alive than through the magic of illustration?