Busy Brisbane bard Dr Cameron Stelzer creates captivating characters and composes their adventures. His headlining hero has an impressive swag of six stories up his sleeve with the new “The Stroogle In Space” being released at the May YDM.
A great gift for any adventurous ankle-biters and their game guardians – as Mothers Day draws closer, we find out more about the talented trader, not just adept at capturing the imagination of kids, also the creator of a unique universe…
The tales with legs are those from your childhood. Many of us share sentiment for Dr. Seuss with his wacky ‘Cat in The Hat’ and some even choose to treat poignant ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” as a go-to guide for life.
The Young Designers Market has it’s own equivalent in Dr Cameron Stelzer from Daydream Press-With a Doctorate of Visual Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours along with a Graduate Diploma in Education, you could say that no one is more qualified to communicate with kids in the written and illustrated form.
.The series of Stroogle books are colourful stories that use enchanting rhyme and vivid watercolour illustrations. The Stroogle was written and illustrated during the year Cameron spent working at the Natural History Museum in London (2002-03). He was inspired by the many weird and wonderful creatures the museum held in its collection.
BREAKING NEWS: The sixth picture book in the popular Stroogle series – ‘The Stroogle in Space’ will be released at the May Young Designers Market along with the new silver space design T-Shirts for kids!
SYNOPSIS OF THE STROOGLE IN SPACE:
The ratbag Pie-Rats make their anticipated return in the Stroogle’s sixth epic adventure, The Stroogle in Space. Six years in the making, this story was inspired by the author’s love of space and presents cosmic facts with a clever dairy twist.
After receiving a distress call from outer space, the Stroogle blasts off in his homemade rocket on a rescue mission to the moon:
An SOS echoed from high in the heavens;
a cry from the Milk-Bots to come save the day.
“The Pie-Rats have landed. Can anyone save us?
They’re making a mess of our grand Milky Way!”
Outnumbered (but never outsmarted) the Stroogle challenges the Pie-Rats to the ultimate space showdown; a Milky Way milkshake competition! Watch out for dark chocolate black holes, stinky cheese asteroids and other dairy delights in the galactic search for marvellous milkshake ingredients.
Why do you like trading at the Young Designers Market?
The location is perfect and the mix of patrons that visit the market is so varied. We have kids, parents and grandparents from all over the world buying books to take back.
How long have you been a stallholder?
Tell us a little about yourself.
We are a husband and wife team form Brisbane who have been running the business for eight years. It started off as one picture book and now it is full time for both of us. Cameron writes, illustrates and designs, while Jenny takes care of sales and marketing.
What can you offer that others can’t?
Having the author at the YDM means families can take home books signed to their child. Which is something they cherish for a long time we have found.
Have you ever made or designed different products?
Our range has expanded at times to include library bags, flags, baby rompers and even our own picture card game!
If so, how does what you do now differ from that?
Our market range focuses of select products to complement our book titles and includes items that work well together in gift packs.
What is the best perk in being an artist and small business owner?
Creative freedom in the products we produce.
How long does it usually take you to create your products?
Each book and associated merchandise takes over a year to design, write, illustrate and produce.
What are some of your accomplishments?
Winning an Australia Day award for our artistic achievements and community focus.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Our website www.daydreampress.com.au. Here we have an interactive kids area, online shop and school workshops program.
Besides the Young Designers Market, where can readers buy your products?
Our online shop has our entire range: www.daydreampress.com.au
This weekend head on down to Stroogle Street and get ready to blast off at the Young Designers Market this Sunday May 6…if you need to find out more, simply Google The Stroogle…!!!