I designed The Parting Song as part of the Friends of Anchor 20for20 campaign in 2017 and it was one of 20 anchors fundraising towards the Dream Big £1 million target to help recruit a world class oncology team in Aberdeen. The Parting Song raised £15,000 and spent the summer of 2017 in Lerwick, Shetland. It was sponsored then bought by Entier and is now on display outside their Olive Tree offices in Westhill, Aberdeen.
Fair Isla was one of over 80 penguins designed for Maggie's Penguin Parade 2018 and I used inspiration from a trip to Shetland to design her. She raised £8,000 at auction and was sponsored then bought by Morris Leslie - helping Maggie's to reach their fundraising target of £540,000. Fair Isla is now the official mascot of the Errol Sunday Market, near Perth.
Floo'er Wullie was part of the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail - a Scotland-wide art trail running for 11 weeks throughout the summer in 2019. He was sponsored by CNOOC International and raised £5,600 for The Archie Foundation Grampian at auction. Wullie is wearing some floo'ery dungerees made by his Ma from some of her auld curtains after he tore the knees oot his black ones. At first he was black affronted but he's fair chuffed noo he's a hit wi' the lassies!
I started making tiles in the two Gray's ceramics courses I did in 2016-18, learning from scratch - then realised that if I was going to get this staircase done the way I wanted this century I would have to move to my comfort zone - wood. So I started making my own wooden tiles and painting them. To speed up the process I combined this with decoupaging some of the tiles with vintage-style wallpaper...and hallelujah, mother of god - 5 years later, I finally finished it.
Archie Lighthouse Keeper is part of the Light The North art trail running throughout Autumn 2021. The project is raising funds for CLAN Cancer Support and is sponsored by The University of Aberdeen. I'm delighted that my lighthouse is located in the beautiful Cruickshank Botanic Garden at the university. The design is inspired by the story of third generation Scottish lighthouse keeper Archie McEachern.