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BEYOND THE STARS

Eya Mordyakova (Russia)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

In 2017, a dear friend of mine passed away. Her name was Busya, and she was the most gentle cat ever. It was devastating. Only after two years another amazing friend, Pepita appeared in our lives, helping us heal our broken hearts. This is a very personal story of living through loss and grief. I wanted to take all this pain and suffering and turn it to something magical and beautiful. I hope this book helps someone find the light amidst darkness.

What's the story about?

The story is about loss, grief and hope. About life and death, that go full circle and start again. A girl’s dear friend, a cat, passes away and she doesn’t understand where it has gone. She starts to see the cat everywhere, in rain puddles, shadows, clouds… and the cat becomes huger and huger. When the time comes, it takes her on a journey beyond the stars, where they meet a little kitten. The girl understands that she has to let her friend go. When she wakes up, she finds out that the kitten has been left on her front porch. 

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

I think that some stories are better told silently. Sometimes there’s just no right words and no words are needed. I believe that my story is one of these. I’ve always admired silent books and comics. And for a long time I’ve wanted to create a personal project that would be meaningful and would touch someone’s heart, helping them live through hard times. I also wanted to perpetuate the memory of my dear friend Busya. Now she will live forever, not only in our hearts, but also in this book.

Your story is dedicate to...

In loving memory of Busya, my dear gentle friend. To Pepita, who healed my broken heart. To Glasha, Vasilisa, Solnyshko. To Roger, Shu, Pu, and all our beloved  little friends, both here with us or beyond the stars.

ABOUT EYA

Eya has been in love for fairy tales, picture-books and illustrations for her whole life. They have always given her meaning, purpose and refuge from the hostile world. She has been creating illustrations for more than 10 years now, mostly for children’s books, but also working in different mediums internationally. She also loves creating embroidery. She’s inspired by folklore of cultures all over the world, by fantasy and fairy tale stories.
In her art she has always tried to create a safe place, a fantasy world, to which one can escape and to live through their pain, or just to shelter from the world around if it is unwelcoming.

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