Gillian is a British children's book Illustrator, character designer, and life drawing instructor based in Ottawa. With a degree in Animation Production, she has worked on shows across the globe including in China, Spain, Luxembourg, England and now Canada. Her most recent role was as a character design supervisor on the Netflix series and movie 'Hilda', which was produced here in Ottawa.
Her published children's books include 'Peanut Goes for the Gold' written by Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness, and 'Ali and the Sea Stars' by Tony Award-winning actress Ali Stroker.
Melanie Yugo is a Filipina-Canadian artist, educator, and policy researcher. She has a multidisciplinary practice that explores cultural expression and identity, diasporic storytelling, community engagement and care, and institutional transformation through a decolonized lens. She co-founded and directs Possible Worlds, an art, music, and publishing platform. Born in Toronto, she is based in Ottawa.