Crows’ flight by Iro Tsavala, from Yappo.
Iro Tsavala & Henry Martin
23 October – 9 December 2017
The exhibition, “YAPPO,” SAID THE MAN, is based on a collaboration between artist Iro Tsavala and the writer Henry Martin.
Their book, YAPPO, 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 exhibition presents Iro Tsavala’s earthy, timeless illustrations inspired by the Scottish Highlands, alongside new prints and objects. Copies of the book are also on sale. 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.
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
A celebratory opening event was held in the Poetry Café on 2 November.