P.P.Painting Penguins for Maggie’s Penguin Parade

Absolutely delighted to be the art co-ordinator and one of the artists for Maggie’s Penguin Parade in Dundee. We are fundraising for Maggie’s Dundee by releasing 80 giant painted penguins onto the streets of Dundee and beyond. There are 97 baby penguins on the loose too! By the end of September we hope to have…

Have You Met Harold and Pip?

“We’re calling the bar ‘Bird and Bear’.” “What a brilliant name” I replied to Phil with a big smile, “so what’s their story?” “We don’t know yet, but you like telling stories, would you like to come up with ours?” Without even the slightest hesitation I said yes. What an opportunity. Before I knew it…

Have you ever met a kabouter?

Have you ever met a kabouter? I have always enjoyed stories of old Holland from my Oma (my grandmother). Childhood stories about skating on the canals and exploring. She retold Dutch fairytales and brought with her the Dutch tradition of leaving your shoe out on 5th December to hopefully receive a present from Sinterklaas on…

Explore your city! Dundee’s Hidden Treasures

Dundee has some really fantastic public art. You don’t have to walk far to stumble upon the Dundee Penguins, Lemmings, mosaics and cheeky monkeys! ❤️ I love the more hidden pieces too like the squirrel that was deliberately placed at child height!  The Dundee Penguins just love to dress up! 😂 m so proud to…

There’s an Elephant on the Loose!

Joining Hamilton’s Big Stampede this year is Forget Me Not, my colourful elephant, who tells many stories via her detailed new outfit! Check out the wee film above to see how she was made… Forget-me-not’s flowers represent true love and caring for others. The trees symbolise growth, health and strength too. Nature is a healer,…

2016! You Made My Head Spin And My Heart Happy!

It’s Hogmany! What better day to sit back for just a minute or so and reflect on the year that has just flown past. 2016 has been quite the year to remember, with the launch of Discovery Walk, Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, interviews, lectures at DJCAD, sitting on panels, teaching, arty groupwork with Who Cares?…

Discovery Walk: Creating D’Arcy Thompson’s Plaque

Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson was the first lecturer in biology at Dundee University. I remember that I first found out about him when I stumbled across a poster on the Dundee University campus inviting us to come along to the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology museum that is part of the University in the Carnelley Building. It is only…

Discovery Walk: Creating Mary Ann Baxter’s Plaque

Mary Ann Baxter If it wasn’t for Mary Ann Baxter we wouldn’t have Dundee University and I may not have studied equally alongside men when I attended if she had not insisted on this happening all those years ago. I also wouldn’t enjoy all those wonderful twisted trees, the pretty flowers, the pavillion and those…

Discovery Walk: The Story of the Title Plaque

The Story of the Discovery Walk Plaque Designs: The Title Plaque Working on design proposals for the plaques led me to develop a series of stories depicted by both words and complementary illustrations. The idea was to take people on a short journey to experience the lives and achievements of those notable individuals being featured…

Fun A Day

   Fun A Day challenge: Create something fun every day in January… Just cos! Anything that you like… Just cos! Then we will have us an exhibition of all our fun creations.  I loved this Fun A Day challenge, the perfect antidote to January and a good excuse to do whatever I felt like that…

Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail: A Wee Peek Behind The Scenes

Scotland’s favourite boy, Oor Wullie, will be coming to the streets of Dundee this summer. Do you remember Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphins, Bristols Gromits and gorillas and Birmingham’s Owls? Well… Dundee is going to be home to 50 Oor Wullie sculptures over summer this year! “Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is a major public arts event that will…