Kettlestitch Press is an independent publisher of picture books for children and illustrative textile works for all ages. A kettlestitch is used to bind books, and the Press believes that a reading life is stitched together of story.
THE PRESS IS BASED IN MELBOURNE, VICTORIA : A UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE
We are committed to nurturing and publishing books which are a joy to the ear and delight to the eye, where, as Dorothy Butler says, language and illustration activate the senses, so that meaning slips in smoothly, in the wake of feeling.
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Kettlestitch Press aims to satisfy the reader described by Jane Doonan in Looking at Pictures in Picture Books:
As a reader, she is the manipulator of the physical object, which in turn manipulates her emotions, raises and satisfies her curiosity. She is the reader of words travelling through the text, but because it is a picture book, she is not required to make her own image of the fictional world, so she is not entirely a reader in the literary sense of the term. She is the beholder of the pictures, looking at what is depicted and being affected by the interwoven arrangements that meet her eyes. And there is the synthesis of the picture-book experience, with object, words and images uniting in the composite text – the work that exists only in her mind.