Studio Morran: a beautiful project

One of my favourite things about the Web is you can follow a few links and end up finding something unexpected, amazing, inspiring and beautiful. When I came across Studio Morran a few weeks ago my feelings were exactly that. Camilla Engman is behind the blog that hosts her illustration work but lately it has been dominated by other people’s illustrations of Morran, her Danish-Swedish Farmdog.

Camilla tells me Morran has always been a popular part of her blog and if she hasn’t mentioned her for a while readers will often post comments asking how she is. Recently Morran had surgery to remove a lump and after the procedure Camilla got told the cancer had spread to Morran’s lungs. The vet predicted she only had 6-12 months left. Camilla, devastated by the news, acknowledges that Morran is getting old but she still says “I want her to live forever”, just as I feel about my pets.

Morran illustrationIllustrator: Marloes de VriesWhen Camilla posted about Morran’s diagnosis on her personal blog many people sent her messages of support, and one commenter suggested she make a book of Morran portraits drawn by illustrators and artists from all over the world. Camilla thought the idea was fantastic and wanted to make it a reality. So she sent out a call for contributions and organised a jury of fantastic illustrators to judge the images (jury favourites would have whole pages dedicated to their work).

Morran illustrationIllustrator: Petra Wester NorgrenThe response Camilla has received is amazing, with 260 pictures being sent to her when we spoke last week. I asked her how she felt about the response and she said:

“Both surprised, amazed and touched. By the amount and the quality. I’m biased as I like all the pictures, after all it’s Morran. So I am very glad that there is a jury that will help me to choose. Many of these pictures have really captured Morran’s essence! I think that is extraordinary since most of them never met her.”

It is lovely that so many people have gone to great efforts to capture Morran and in doing so have acknowledged the relationship she shares with Camilla. They have been together since Morran was 8 weeks old and Camilla says they have spent nearly every hour in each other’s company.

Morran illustrationIllustrator: Aniko RothIn this post I have tried to give you a little taste of some of the illustrations Camilla has received but to see more visit the Studio Morran blog. I particularly like the circle contributions post. The complete collection however, will only be available in the book which should be on blurb.com by the end of next week is available now on blurb at the Morran Store. Camilla felt early on that all proceeds from the sale of the book should go to an animal charity, and she has now decided upon the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). So this is your chance not only to buy a beautiful collection of artwork but also know that the money raised will go to a good cause.

If only all our animal companions could live on in such a beautiful way!

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is a blogger, digital strategist, business coach, zoologist and crazy dog-lady! Lisa lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. That equates to a lot of fun and vacuuming. Her dog’s names are Cresswell and Edwina (or Cress and Eddie).