It's wearing well, considering the Inverness weather! Mike describes the commission as the Crown Road Wall Installation - a visual narrative exploring Scottish beliefs systems and highland myths. This 65 metre long and 5 metre high wall based narrative took the better part of 1 year to complete from initial conversations through research trips to the artworks creation and finally installation in Inverness city centre. many people, many conversations, many cups of coffee and a few pints of highland honey ale went into the creation this work commissioned by Inverness Old Town Art and funded by Highland Council. Great piece of work and glad I managed to find it this time!
A really interesting commission's been happening and am really enjoying working on it. I studied batik at art school so knew I would get my teeth into it. African Wax Prints tell stories of relevance to the wearer, such as proverbs, poems and traditional African fables. The colours also hold significance as they can represent social standing, age, tribal orientation and marital status. This design is based on a Nigerian proverb - "However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source."
Amazing how things turn out when they start as an idea in your head ..... I had imagined a really ornate Victorian type illustration so I researched lots of sculpture, Victorian icons and photographs to create this unique and original artwork. I love working with fine line pen and black & white ever since my art college days. So what's in the illustration? Well, there are gorgeous wee cherubs with wings, tumbling grapes, ornate architecture details, wreaths, organ pipes, garlands of flowers, a huge book on a stand finished with the word 'Paris'. When I got to the 'Paris' part, I worked on really decoration type but I don't think it worked - it needed space around the drawing. So here it is with a chance to create your own bespoke city or town poster - like the New York example. Art cards to follow.
Seem to be working with fine line pen for the last few projects - just working on the centre of this and after a chat with my friend Tash it's going to be bespoke places eg Paris, Edinburgh - I might have to limit the number of letters to get it to fit LOL.