Omoiyari is my first self-published book. It contains a series of 14 paintings created for my solo show "Omoiyari" at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, 6th-27th July 2016, as well as a little tale about the village of Omoiyari and its people.
This is a personal exploration of where stories come from, inspired by traditional Japanese culture and folklore.
Limited edition of 60 copies, signed and numbered. To purchase one of the last copies, visit my shop here.
Omoiyari has been translated and published in France in 2019. You can get a signed copy of the French edition here.
Hortari is a collection of 15 short stories about explorers and seekers you've never heard of. Bascahil Pellin, Isha Nim, Paul Teribec, ... they travelled the world and changed it, but you won't find their achievements in history books. This is their stories, illustrated in watercolours by the author. These endearing characters remind us that we are all defining our own quests, often taking us to unexpected places, whether it be on the other side of the planet or in a remote corner of our backyard.
Staff Review from the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris : “For me, Hortari by MÄ Harel was what we French call a real "coup de coeur". When the author dropped by to show me her book I was immediately struck by the mysterious absence of a title on the beautifully designed cover. The book then opened on to a series of dreamlike watercolour portraits of what the author calls "Explorers and Seekers", accompanied by short texts like, for example, the story of Isha Nim and her mission to keep a volcano quiet by offering it the most beautiful flowers she could find, or Alyse De Quissac, who wanted nothing more than to stay lost in her maze. Reminiscent of Calvino and Borges but with a style all her own, MÄ is on a quest for new grounds of poetic expression. “
The book was first published in 2017 in a softcover edition of less than 100 copies. In 2018, I created the hardcover edition that you see here (300 copies). The book was translated and published in France in 2019 (get a signed copy of the French edition here).
The Bird People book will be a collection of more than 80 sketches, drawings and paintings, beautifully presented in a hardback quarter bound volume.