A permanent outdoor artwork for Shetland Library, commissioned by the Scottish Book Trust and facilitated by Pidgin Perfect. The ‘High Standards of Shetland Library’ is a series of four hand sewn flags, inspired by Shetland Library, the islands and the Jackie Kay poem, ‘Dear Library’. The designs celebrate the different aspects of the library; the mobile libraries, the family and children’s services, the people, the books and the building. The wooden flagpole was made by Paparwark for the ‘standards’ and harks back to the Shetland seafaring, craft based culture.
The artwork was officially unveiled on Friday 28th November as part of Scottish Book week 2014, with four other artworks across Scotland unveiled in the preceding four days. The launch event began with the first flag being flown. Locals were treated to coffee and cake, and children were invited for colouring in, singing, storytelling and other activities.
LISTENING TRAIL MAP OF GOVANHILL
Hand drawn map with digital colour. Commissioned by Community Renewal for the Govanhill People's History Project for a website, accompanying leaflet and listening trail in the area. Showcases many of the well known sights of Glasgow's Govanhill, but also ties into oral history collected from local residents. Leaflet available for free at local libraries and community centres, as well as online.
MEMORIES OF TRANSFORMATION
A book commissioned by the Village Storytelling Centre to commemorate the Glasgow Garden Festival of 1988. The book contains recollections from locals of all ages that remember the pavilions, events and flowers at the festival. I created colour accented ink illustrations for the cover and interior pages to complement the text and bring some colour to the stories.
GLASGOW ALPHABET MAP
MY FRIEND SELMA - MOBILE MUSEUM
Collaborations with theatre company, Terra Incognita. Various projects since 2013 listed and pictured below.
COMMONWEALTH CREATURES: Commissioned for Glasgow’s Commonwealth year, this audio project required some hand drawn illustrations of some legendary creatures from all corners of the Commonwealth.
MY FRIEND SELMA: Selma is the name of a refugee who came to the UK from Serbia in 1991. Vickie was her friend and lived with her in a school for several months – she’s now a theatre maker. The illustration element was the creation of a ‘mobile museum’ of handmade, marker drawn artifacts. It ended up being 10 drawers, 5 suitcases, one huge game and a big banner. Impressively, it all fits in the back of a car. The Terra Incognita show is designed for school age children and it toured in early 2014.
Photos by Jassie Earl
2013 - 2015
GLASGOW & EDINBURGH ALPHABETS
HARDWICKE CIRCUS MURAL
AMAZING CARLISLE FACTS
Created as an exercise in repeat patterns, these are relatively unknown, not liked or just plain weird animals. The animals were requested by people on social media and I shortlisted and illustrated them as single or two colour prints. The designs include unusual creatures like the naked mole rat, John Dory, platypus, moths, jellyfish and armadillo. They were used for the 2014 Illustration, etc. calendar, but I’m looking for other ways to use them in the future.