Spine. The funding of our vertebrae structure. The basis of our humanity as well. In Hungarian there is a saying about spine: people who lie, cheat, mislead are called “spineless”. Let’s take good care of it!
All that I am and know about life is in this book. It is intimate, but at the same time universal – it is about all of us. Our body. Our life. I hope it will bring at least as much joy for the people who colour it in as the drawing of it has brought to me.
My first encounter with folk art was when I was a teenager. At first I copied the patterns I saw on traditional costumes or on honeycakes. Then with the help of the internet my world expanded. The world of Hungarian folk motifs is truly amazing. Everything can be expressed in them. Happiness, sadness, passion, grief, desire, misery. The whole of life.
I’ve been passionate about biology since childhood. The human body in particular is what amazes me. I’m in love with its perfectly chaotic order, its logic and intelligence. So beautiful! I think that’s why I became a biology teacher. I love to teach about the human body, to talk about its beauty, and to draw it on the blackboard. I draw a lot. I’ve always been drawing, since I was very little. If I am happy, if I am sad, I just turn to the paper: drawing is my remedy, my hideaway. When as a kid my parents had to take me to a party or a meeting, we always had a box of pencils and paper with us. They just put me down in a corner, and I was fine, for hours.