Illustrator and bakery collaborate

January 10, 2018 | Artbeat | Volume 22 Issue 2
Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe | Manitoba Correspondent

Where Do Sticky Buns Come From? is a picture book illustrated by local artist and designer Jonathan Dyck and written by Jon McPhail, owner of Jonnies Sticky Buns bakery. The book was released on Dec. 16, 2017, to a packed audience in Winnipeg. It tells the story of a father and daughter who creatively imagine where sticky buns come from and are inspired to try baking their own, with a recipe the book provides.

“The book inspires children to learn about how their food is made and helps them appreciate the work involved in producing it,” says Dyck, a member of Covenant Mennonite Church in Winkler, Man.

Dyck, who graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in 2008, lives in Winnipeg and works for Mennonite Central Committee Canada as a graphic designer. Dyck used mixed media to create the illustrations, drawing them in ink and colouring them on his computer. “I was inspired by sticky buns and by the silliness of the concept. I enjoyed playing around with the swirl of the bun, turning it into a question mark or a vortex,” he says.

The book can be purchased at Jonnies Sticky Buns, McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg or at

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