Kati Lacey IllustrationBanbury, Oxfordshire, GB
I'm a freelance illustrator and designer originally from Budapest, Hungary, now based in Oxfordshire, UK. I create thoughtful and playful illustrations that often explore narratives of cultural heritage including people, places and food.
Maps By Kati Lacey Illustration
A few weeks ago on a sunny Thursday morning we heard an exotic bird by the back door and soon saw a bright yellow parakeet looking through the window inquisitively. There was no question about it, he was going to come in! And he did. He had lots of food and drink and by the evening we were able to give him shelter in the form of a large cage that someone in the neighbourhood was selling that afternoon. We've had him since - we named him Riki, short for the Maori name of his breed, kakariki. He soon took to his new home and is very fond of the hibiscus tree that my grandmother planted back in Hungary - the only plant that has been following me round wherever we've moved in the last 12 years. Riki is a joy! I've drawn his happy place. (For the record, we have been trying to find his owner to no avail.)
Walking around Margaret Island is one of my favourite activities when I visit my home city, Budapest. It has a rich history dating back a millenium including tatars, Medieval monasteries, kings' residencies and poets. This beautiful park that sits right at the heart of the city, got its name from Pricess Margaret of Hungary. It's the one place where my family of four always go for a walk when we are in town. I love the story that unfolds through its landmarks and beautiful trees.
During lockdown I started illustrated joyful moments to keep the family spirit up and running. Every little detail of this household map is linked with a special moment during lockdown from turning a melon into a bumblebee, to watching pigeons showering in the rain, playing music and learning new skills.