Talented young Feilding designer wins Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration 2017

Lael Chisholm, an 18-year-old freelance artist and designer from Feilding, has won the prestigious Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration for 2017. 
The Award will be presented at The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day on Sunday 2 April 2017 in Auckland. 
“Lael Chisholm's entry, from more than 25 submissions, delighted all three judges not only for the interesting and thoughtful interpretation of the story but for the assured use of materials and technique,” says leading New Zealand illustrator Gavin Bishop. “There is a career as a picture book artist ahead of this young woman if she wants to go in that direction.” 
“Penguin Random House New Zealand is delighted to have worked with Storylines to reinstate the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award this year,” said Publishing Director Debra Millar.  
“The award is a wonderful way to showcase emerging talent and has once again led to the discovery of an exciting new illustrator. That this year’s winner, Lael Chisholm, has not long finished school has blown us away!” 
‘We are very much looking forward to publishing Lael’s illustrations to accompany the story Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter by Heather Haylock in 2018.” 
Lael was an outstanding student leader at Feilding High School, including dux for 2015.  The sixth child in a family of 10, she began drawing from an early age. She developed an interest in illustration in her final years of schooling, attracted by the challenge of creating artwork that combined design, illustration and storytelling.  Her long-term ambition is to write and illustrate her own picture books.
At Feilding High School’s Evento Wearable Art awards in 2014, contested by 11 local schools, Lael won the BNZ design scholarship for her entry in the Dr Seuss category.