I was delighted to be an official artist for the Shaun in the City trail. My design ‘Baa-Bushka, was based on a Russian headscarf tied at the chin. With my background in textiles, plus my love of pattern and colour, Baa-Bushka was reminicent of a decorative Russian doll. He took me over 40 hours to paint using a mix of pink, purple, teal and gold paint – all of my favourite colours! The sculpture was placed just outside the famous department store ‘Liberty’ on Carnaby Street in London from March to May in 2015.
Aardman’s internationally-acclaimed character Shaun the Sheep appeared in two ewe-nique art trails. Over 100 giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep were created by artists, celebrities and designers and were placed in iconic locations and beautiful green spaces across London and Bristol.
In 2015, Shaun in the City appeared in London in spring and then flocked to Bristol in the summer. Then in September all of the Shauns were auctioned to raise money for children in hospitals across the UK. I was absolutely over the moon that my Baa-bushka sold for £6,500 – a fantastic amount of money for charity.
Although the trail has finished and the Shauns have been sold, Baa-bushka still lives on, in the form of a small figurine. These can be bought from the official wallace and gromit charity shop.