The Creator

Pema Chalmers was commissioned some years ago, to draw a series of illustrations for a children's workshop. The illustrations were to engage the children, helping them to develop greater emotional intelligence. As part of that creative process, Pema suggested she create some little emotional monsters. That project planted a seed, which has now seen those original characters transform and developed into a series of funny children's picture books.

 

She now combines her passion to help others become more relaxed and happy, with her skills in visual story telling, to create books that invite a reader to take a compassionate look at our most challenging emotions. In doing so, there is a opportunity to develop greater emotional resilience and confidence.  

" I wanted to create books that I wish someone had read to me as a child."

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Professional Background

Pema has an MA in Multimedia Design, BA first class honours in Graphics Communication Design, and diploma in Fine Art. Pema is a visual storyteller. She draws, designs, paints, sculpts and currently illustrates children’s books. During her 20-year career in visual communications, she has worked in an array of sectors. She has been employed or worked as a freelancer for all manner of organisations and agencies, from small start-ups to big global brands like IBM and The Virgin Group. She has worked on a broad range of both screen and print based projects, generating and developing initial concepts through to final production.

 

Pema has studied and practiced mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy since 2005, and is a student of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. She currently facilitates the Bodhicharya Buddhist Group in Bosham, leading regular study and meditation groups. She has completed her basic chaplaincy training and continues training with the Angulimala. An organisation which supports buddhist chaplains to make Buddhist chaplaincy available within Her Majesty's Prisons in the UK. 

 

Pema is also a proud mum of two grown children. 

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