This is an extended article that was written for Dundee Evening Telegraph about the creation of Oor Dreamcatcher. Thought you might like to read it and see all our photos…
A picture speaks a thousand words… and tells of a thousand dreams. Suzanne Scott of WhimSicAL LusH is a Dundee artist and illustrator on a mission to tell as many stories as she can through her work. Not just tales of her own but stories from those she meets and of those who inspire her.
As a trail artist (and the artist co-ordinator) for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail she was delighted when the chance arose to design and paint a second trail sculpture, Oor Dreamcatcher. Rather than doing this one alone she gathered together lots of young helpers to talk about their dreams and then encouraged them to catch them too in the form of quirky, colourful illustrations that now appear all over Oor Dreamcatcher.
Suzanne started with some of her own illustrations so that the youngsters weren’t too daunted by such a big white canvas. These told the story of a wee girl catching her dreams based on a well known character Suzanne draws and the owl and pussycat in their boat, which is a version of work that she did for Bramble Cottages young people’s units in Arbroath. The kids then started to help her fill in the gaps with their work. Some were brave enough to draw straight onto Oor Wullie, others entrusted Suzanne with tracing their designs on for them.
There is a huge house on the back of Wullie’s dungarees ‘the foster home of dreams’. It tells the lovely story of two young people who say that their foster carers are just wonderful. They paint a picture of an amazing positive foster care experience that we (and they) would wish for every looked after child.
There are dragons, unicorns, leprachauns, a candy floss tree with blue bon bon people, sharks, dolphins, foxes, cats, rabbits, Dennis the Menace, shoes, a secret padlock from the infamous Dymagate and dreams of trips to Disneyland.
You can find Oor Dreamcatcher with the rest of the gang at Slessor Gardens 9-11th September before he goes to auction on 13th September to raise money for the ARCHIE Foundation Tayside Children’s Hospital appeal. We hope they raise lots for a hospital that will go on to help so many children throughout Tayside for years to come.
Some of the Dream Team catching dreams with Oor Dreamcatcher, Charlotte Taylor (11), Alfie Taylor (12), Brandyn Bowie (9).
Quotes from some of the kids:
“I feel very proud of myself joining in with the fun and seeing all the Oor Wullies. I painted the Dreamcatcher. Thank you for letting me join in and for picking me.” Charlotte Taylor Age 11
“Just wanted to say that this whole hunt was amazing, my favourite Wullie was Dreamcatcher. Thank you for the whole thing.” Brandyn Bowie Age 9
“Making Oor Dreamcatcher was a good way to make friends and help with the Bucket Trail. The Bucket Trail was so popular in Dundee and I’m happy I was able to help! ^_^” Alfie Taylor Age 12
Quotes from proud parents:
“We had a great adventure on the Oor Wullie trail, amazing art and great fun. Brandyn has been telling everyone his drawing was picked. Thank you I’m sure this will help build his confidence.” Pauline Bowie
“It’s been a great summer experience searching out all the Oor Wullies. Also the fact that Alfie and Charlotte were involved with the Dreamcatcher, I feel extremely proud. It’s really boosted their morale, thank you.” Kate