The university shop commissioned a range of exclusive merchandise based on famous alumni, including Adam Smith, Lord Kelvin and James Watt. These three designs all contain an illustrated timeline of life events, portraits, signatures and their achievements. The designs are a fun interpretation of facts and figures, brightening up any office or home.
The whole range is available from the university shop from September 2015 and the three main designs are available as A5 notebooks, prints, mugs, ceramic coasters, double sided tote bags and magnets.
LOVE YOUR LIBRARY
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.
Hand drawn map with digital colour. Commissioned by Community Renewal for the Govanhill People's History Project for their 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.
The leaflet of the listening trail is available for free at local libraries and community centres, as well as online as a download. To view an STV interview about the project, just click here.
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
To celebrate Glasgow’s Commonwealth year, I wanted to build on my Glasgow Alphabet, revisit the places and draw a map of all twenty-six letters. I wanted to explore the places and the people that make them special to Glasgow. The A2 printed maps have the buildings and street plan on the front, but the reverse is the result of over eleven hours of recording. I interviewed a person from each of the twenty-six Glasgow icons in order to get their personal reflections and insights, some of which features on the map.
The Lighthouse launched my map and accompanying exhibition in the long gallery in time for the Commonwealth Games opening and I conducted tours all summer and for Doors Open Day 2014
Spring- Summer 2015
MY FRIEND SELMA - MOBILE MUSEUM
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, early and mid 2015 too.
Photos by Jassie Earl. 2014
THE GLASGOW ALPHABET
I created the Glasgow Alphabet with the help of local people through social media. They made suggestions for every letter and I illustrated one each day so people could keep up with the real time progress as well as feel involved in the process. The finished alphabet is a colourful celebration of all twenty-six icons in the ABC, from Armadillo, Barras and Clyde all the way to the Zoology Museum. The icons have a good spread geographically across the city, are culturally all different and they are a mixture of famous places as well as some more hidden favourites.
Commissioned by Carlisle City Council and sponsored by Dulux paint, the murals were to reinvigorate a tired urban area of Carlisle. The Sands Centre mural is a series of seven painted walls covering elements of the area’s past and present. The designs were based on the Amazing Carlisle Facts series I designed, but also cover elements of the unique Cumbrian culture and history. It contains sheep counting, railways, Cumberland wrestling, lions, unicorns, Hadrian’s Wall and more. The 250 square metre mural took me and a team of volunteers twenty-one days to paint! The murals are a permanent fixture in the city centre and were opened by the Mayor in June 2013.
Theatre company, Tortoise in a nutshell commissioned a series of illustrations for their 2013 Edinburgh Fringe show, GRIT. The show tells the story of child soldiers and the effect of war on children. The show featured puppetry, movement and manipulation of projected, illustrated images – which I drew to their specifications. I created the images in ink and digitally accented each with a sharp, bold colour. Most of the images depict people, but there are cityscapes, tanks and objects of war included in the expansive series. It was punishing!
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.