Irene Guglielmi (Italy)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

The idea was born reflecting on the theme of diversity. Everyday we get to know new stories which unfortunately tell us of a society in which being “different” is still a problem.

What's the story about?

The story is about Blu, a bee whose appearance is different from all the others: it’s blue and black. Blu, targeted by the others bees because of the different colors, will try to take on an conventional appearance by wearing a special sweater, but it will soon have to get rid of if due to an unexpected event. This will lead the bee to move away from the hive and to discover a world made up of many little friends of the most various shapes and colors, a world where it can be simply itself. 

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

I’ve decided to participate to get involved, to compare myself with others illustrators and to have the possibility to realize one of my dreams: to publish a book for anyone who wants to dive in my illustrations. 

Your story is dedicate to...

This books is dedicated to all that are discriminated because of their “diversity”.


Irene was born in Trani on the 2nd of Septmeber 1992. After graduating from the High School of Art, she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari. In 2018 she obtained the II Level Academic Diploma in “Visual Arts and Performing Arts – Decoration section – Fashion Design”.  During her career she participated in in international exhibitions and artistic competitions. Nowadays she is dedicated to illustration for children with particular interest in Pattern Design.

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