Meet the Artists
From over 100 design submissions, these 10 artists were chosen to bring our Hares to life! We can’t wait to reveal their final LIVE on the trail in July. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading about each of them.
Emily is a Scottish designer and illustrator living and working in Edinburgh with her husband, their daughter Maggie and son Finn and their West Highland Terrier Mary. Through her motto ‘making the everyday magical’ Emily tries to capture the magic of the Scottish landscape and its wildlife combing these with her recognisable floral and faunas. Working mainly with papercuts, Emily loves the combination of boldness and delicacy that they bring to designs. Through their flexibility they can be stand-alone pieces of art or translated onto a printed medium (screen prints, fabric designs and stationery).
Establishing herself as a self-employed artist:
Since completing her masters in Edinburgh Collage of Art in 2008 Emily has been working as a self-employed illustrator and surface designer. Her distinctive illustrations and bold designs have provided Emily with success over the past few years. Her designs have been seen in The National Museum of Scotland, Cadbury’s Flake ‘Allure’ as well as the Nivea Pearl and Beauty global campaign. Since graduation she has worked with: Nivea, Cadbury’s, Red Magazine, Lloyds Bank, Jasper Conran for Debenhams; Bebaroque; Graham and Brown; Tigerprint; Studio Roam; Medici Cards; and Cole and Sons. Currently Emily is working on illustrations for the new Royal Hospital of sick children in Edinburgh.
I am a children’s author and illustrator and have been drawing and painting hares for nearly 20 years – they are my favourite animals to paint. I have exhibited them worldwide and also written and illustrated books about them. My latest project has been launching a my own Babywear collection – featuring hares! The collection supports the wonderful charity ‘Read For Good’ – I am passionate about encouraging people to read and draw.
My main aim and an illustrator and author is to inspire a love of books and stories from birth – focusing of the fact that you can read anywhere any time – even when out on a walk! By creating an interactive piece on wonderful the Big Hare Trail I hope to use a different platform to do just this…
Chris Rutterford & Lubi Lykan
Chris Rutterford is one of Scotland’s top mural artists. Over the Last ten years he has channelled his experience of his twenties as a successful editorial illustrator, into a new career, producing a string of high profile iconic crowd murals that are spread around Scotland in establishments – bars, restaurants and public places.
His last project, the Colinton Tunnel in Edinburgh is Scotland’s largest mural and has become an instant destination venue. Chris has painted the much loved Kyloe Cow at the west end of Princes St for nearly ten years now. Chris produces all his artwork these days with the help, support and input of his partner and soul mate Lubi Lykan.
Lubi Lykan is a top Scottish couturier and multi disciplinary artist. She has twenty years experience in fashioning fabulous garments in a range of styles for all manner of clients, creating bespoke made clothes for the most significant days of their lives.
Her work is typically made from a mix of fine Scottish fabrics, Harris tweed, tartan, lace and embroidery, although this is a fraction of her output.
She has twice been headhunted to dress the May Queen at the Beltane fire festival and is also Scotland’s top fight wear designer.
Lubi adds magic, joy and colour to Chris work. She has a refined sense of quality and an innate understanding of story and tone that is invaluable in their collaborations together.
Together they produced the much loved Tom Gilzean statue for the Oor Willie trail in 2019, as well as the Sherlock Holmes statue backed by Ian Rankin. Their statues topped the bidding at the Edinburgh sale. Their unique skill sets, wealth of experience and sheer love of creative production combine to give their creations an alloy of quality and whimsy. They just can’t wait to get started on their Hare!
Born in 1970, Rachel, otherwise known as Bonzo-Art, graduated from Kingston University (1993) with a degree in Illustration, followed by a PGCE from The London Institute of Education. She then spent 18 years as a full time teacher of art in London, Derbyshire and Edinburgh before taking a career break to become a mum. She loves observing the ‘every day’ while walking her two dogs, which is where her art journey with Bonzo began. The routine, the coast, and this beautiful seaside county, Rachel describes living in East Lothian as a truly inspirational place to be. Her paintings are usually on board, using acrylic and emulsion and with her sense of humour, she hopes more than anything that her work makes people smile.
Owner at Bonzo Art, which can be found in WhyNot? North Berwick Highstreet.
Lorraine worked in senior positions in the financial sector in Edinburgh and London and attended Leith School of Art before setting up her studio full time in 2014. I split time between creating 2D and 3D work and am inspired by the arts and crafts movement with their bold use of patterns and colours. Being in a rural setting in North Berwick, wildlife and countryside feature regularly in my work and hares in particular are a subject to which I return often to sculpt or paint. I exhibit in galleries and lifestyle venues across Scotland and my work can be found online under the name of Between the Woods And Sea.
Julia Zeller-Jacques is an artist and illustrator based in North Berwick, Scotland. She also runs the local art supply store, Rock and Bird. In her printmaking and painting, she takes inspiration from the natural world and the creatures which share it with us.
She has previously produced painted sculptures for the Big Hoot art trail in Birmingham and the Amy Johnson art trail in Hull and has also supported Leuchie House with Christmas Community Raffle and Shop Local campaign.
I studied Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where I specialised in digital printing and developed my passion for vibrant colour combinations, over the top textures and intricate patterns.
I have been involved in commission designs for a card company and now I am focusing on my own range of Cards and Art prints. This is such an exciting opportunity to have my work showcased in North Berwick to thousands of people and to raise funds for Leuchie House would be a great honour. I usually work on small scale designs – so this will push me creatively doing something this big, but I would look forward to trying something new and grow in confidence as an artist.
I would love to bring some fun, positivity and cheeriness to people’s faces this Summer and I hope it encourages and inspires young people to connect with nature right outside their door and to help look after it.
Georgina Bown SSA
I am a professional Artist who’s been based in East Lothian for 21 years.
My work ranges from Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. The proximity of living so close to the sea has constantly influenced my work. I am intrigued by the sea going man-made structures and the evolution of the organic creatures that adapt and thrive in it’s deep waters.
I have an established reputation for strong, unique artwork and regularly Exhibit at the RSA, RGI, MallGalleries and The Bankside Gallery in London. I have been shortlisted for the RA four times and had my work selected for the Derwent Art Prize 2020. I think this project is very exciting and I’d love to be part of the community creating these beautiful Sculptures for Leuchie House. It’s a fantastic charity to support and I’d be honoured to have the opportunity to assist in this project.
I have chosen to submit an entry because I am a graduated illustrator who grew up in North Berwick and I believe this is a brilliant opportunity to put my creative skills and energy back into the community for a good cause. One of the many pleasures of growing up in North Berwick was the stunning costal beaches. I have many memories walking, exploring and playing down the beaches and seeing the beautiful Bass Rock in the distance.
I grew up also learning about Leuchie house and have visited on many occasions as well as being a part of many community fundraisers for them. Leuchie House provides a home away from home, a much needed break, where time and care is given to recharge and beautiful memories will be made. Entering this competition is really close to home for me and I’d love to be apart of something so special.
Even though I love, art, art galleries and being creative I have had no formal art training since leaving school. I came to creating my own work after being diagnosed with early on-set Parkinson’s disease. I had been experiencing difficulties with writing and was losing the dexterity in my right hand so I was referred to a physiotherapist.
They suggested I try mindfulness colouring to help improve my fine-motor control. I was frustrated and bored instantly and I started doodling instead. The doodling lead to drawing and the drawing lead to painting and I soon realised I had discovered something far more important to me than just another form of physiotherapy. Creating artwork has been the perfect vehicle for helping me come to terms with having Parkinson’s disease.