Originally from the United Kingdom, Katz Cowley has seen her wildest dreams unfold in Christchurch, where she created the illustrations for the best-selling and award-winning The Wonky Donkey, her first published book.
Katz has a degree in illustration from Newcastle in the United Kingdom and believes her love of creating characters is inspired by growing up (to some degree!) with a mother who read her children’s books in all manner of weird and wonderful character voices and brought her imagination to life.
As well as being an illustrator and singer-songwriter, Katz is also a passionate teacher of creativity workshops and classes for both adults and children. The inspiration behind her teaching grew from breaking through her own creative blocks, her passion for creative journaling, and a fascination with mystery and surprise.
Her school touring workshops include delving into creating characters and creatures, with sneak previews into her behind-the-scenes birthings of characters for her books. In this way she brings the sometimes brow-mopping, but always rewarding, creative process to life.
Katz sings her heart out as she illustrates characters into life and is a firm believer that creativity is a way of life rather than a path for the gifted few, and her motto is 'Don't just do it, do it beautifully.'
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Page checked and updated February 2013.