Katerina Illnerova (Czech Republic)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

The idea was born from my love of teapots. I find them not only visually pleasing but for me they also represent the calm moment in the hectic day. But once I started doing my research on teapots, I found the whole world of blue and white porcelain and fell in love.

What's the story about?

The story follows a lone fisherman who was originally just a pattern on a porcelain vase. But one day the wind blows his hat off and he sets out to look for it. During the journey, he goes through various types of porcelain and interacts with their patterns. Will he find his hat? Will he find a new friend? Or will he get lost along the way and never find his vase again?

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

I’ve wanted to draw a silent book for a long time. I consider wordless illustrations to be the most honest form because you can’t rely on text to explain your drawings. So when we were given a school assignment to create a silent book and the opportunity to participate in the contest I was thrilled.


Katerina is illustrator from Czech Republic. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree on Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art with focus on children’s illustration. She mostly finds inspiration in magic of everyday objects. Her work has been selected at several domestic and international competitions, such as Fumetto Festival, Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition, Muriel award and more. You can find her illustrations in various  books and magazines for children.