2021 International Award for Illustration Bologna Children’s Book Fair and Fundación SM, Winner
2021 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition - Winning Illustrator
2021 World Illustration Awards, Longlisted
2020 Taoyuan International Illustration Exhibition, Gold Prize
Crown shyness is a phenomenon observed in clusters of the same tree species in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with river-like gaps. It's believed to be an adaptive response to avoid branches colliding, pests spreading and minimizing the harmful effects of competition.
The comic was inspired by what has happened and changed around me during the first 6 months when the Covid-19 pandemic started. The spring arrived and I felt that all trees and plants started growing and blooming more widely than ever during the time of our lockdown. In Berlin, where I lived at that time, there were so many plants and tall trees attached to the facade of buildings that makes the streets of my neighbourhood amazingly beautiful. This vivid vibe and the new normal of keeping the distance between us reminded me of the crown shyness phenomenon between trees. Adding a pinch of fantasy to the comic, I imagine a moment when people realise that growing and living fully without harmful effects is something that has always been in our nature.