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Penny Bun Helps Save The World

Penny Bun Helps Save The World

by David Robinson

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Penny Bun Helps Save the World, an illustrated book for all ages, tells the story of a gang of mushrooms and their attempt to save the forest. Artist David Robinson, uses real mushrooms to meticulously create luminograms which lend the book its distinctive visual style.

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The protagonist of the fungi tale is Penny Bun, whose forest home is under threat from developers who wish to destroy the fragile ecosystem that supports mushroom, plant, and human life. The story is told through analogue luminograms which Robinson creates by placing photographic paper on the plate of an enlarger and exposing it to different light intensities. Each exposure produces a unique print, shaped by the interplay of light, colour, and texture of the mushrooms.

Published July 2018
196 x 254 mm
40 pages
Hardback quarter clothbound, foiled front cover ISBN 978-1-910401-24-8

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  • Robinson, originally from Northern Ireland but based in the East-End of London, is co-founder of Sporeboys, a mushroom street-food kitchen which tours food markets in London and events across the UK. His first book, "The Mushroom Picker – Penny Bun's Great Escape" (2012), was featured in The Independent Magazine, Wallpaper*, AnOther, and Ernest Journal amongst others. Since his first book, Robinson has been perfecting his process and the sophistication and detail of his images.