The book YAPPO, the first collaboration between the award-winning artists Iro Tsavala and Henry Martin, tells the story of a nameless, mostly silent man, who protects a small plant as he walks through the wilderness. During his travels, the man meets a milliner, a butcher, a dog, and a mermaid, each of whom requests a leaf from his plant. The man refuses to comply, muttering “Yappo.” How will his journey end?
The latest Poetry Café exhibition, “YAPPO,” SAID THE MAN, presents Iro Tsavala’s earthy, timeless illustrations inspired by the Scottish Highlands, alongside new prints and objects.
About the artists
Iro Tsavala graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2008 and lectures in illustration at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She works in the field of ‘authorial illustration’, exploring new genres in illustrated books that are not strictly covered by picture books or graphic novels. Her work has been exhibited at Somerset House, London; the Women’s Library, London; Ethnographic Museum, Kraków; and the Boston Children’s Museum, USA. She has produced illustrations for The Poetry Society; The Guardian; the publisher Laurence King and others. irotsavala.com
Henry Martin’s books include YAPPO (Company Cod, 2017) and the biography Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon (Schaffner Press, 2018). His poetry has appeared in Stylus, Criterion, Limited Edition, Jam magazine and elsewhere. His plays have been shown at Theatre 503, Arcola Theatre, Roundhouse, Latitude, Fishamble and Belltable Theatre. He has been nominated for various awards and is recipient of the Jerome Hynes Award. henry-martin.co.uk
YAPPO is published by Company Cod with support from University for the Creative Arts and Tipperary Artists Award 2017 in a signed and numbered limited edition of 300 copies, ISBN 9781999725006, price £15.