Thursday, 15 January 2009

The Lots to do Challenge

When ever i make anything it always feels alot better if it has a specific meaning to me.
This weeks challenge at The lots to do Challenge was to produce a piece of work which included some use of newspaper.

I searched and searched and all the text I came across was of awful stories and accidents that had touched peoples lives, or politics etc all depressing topics.
I didnt want that kind of text in my work I wanted something that i could have some connection too.

And then I found it.......The centre pages of the Sunday Post newspaper contain quizes, sudoku, crosswords, but most importantly "The Broons and Oor Wullie" cartoon strip.
My dads brother Tommy Lavery took early retirement with heart problems but had always been a fantastic artist. He had often had small cartoons published and for a while drew the cartoon strip "Uncle Charlie " in the Sunderland Echo newspaper. He signed all of his work 'Thos' so if you have any old papers you might have some of his work.
After his recovery he was employed by the Sunday Post and was the actual artist who drew both the Broons and Oor Wullie. He didnt write the stories , he just did the drawings. They would send him the scripts and he did the drawings from those.
Sadly he has passed away now but everytime I see these cartoon strips he especially comes to mind. So this piece of work is for my Uncle Tommy as on this occasion he was my inspiration.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.


crafty creations said...

What a lovely way to enter the challenge - such a poignant story that gave you the inspiration to produce this stunning piece. I used to love the Broons

Thank you so much Jacqui for joining the challenge again this week on Lotstodo

Denise said...

This is so precious Jaqi! What a talented and colourful family you have!

Anonymous said...

This is brilliant Jaqi, and I love the story behind it!
Alison xx

Sue said...

What a wonderful creation and such an amazing story behind it.
Thanks for visiting my blog. x

Chriss Rollins said...

wow wonderful and brilliant story... every year for at least 10 my oldest son got ''Oor Wullie" christmas annual.

We all used to read it I would read it every night before Christmas then wrap it from

Nice to know about the artist behind him.

Well done with the challenge as I know you are not fully recovered.

chriss x

Femmy said...

great card! love it!

sam21ski said...

Hi Jaqi , I've just finished my pieces for the challenge too. You can find them here

I love your paper house, it's fab

Thanks for joining in with the Lotstodo challenge this week

Dawne said...

lovely xxx

Carole said...

Great piece!

Thanks for visiting my blog. :-)

Linda said...

This is such a great story - and a lovely piece of work. My grandmother bought me The Broons and Oor Wullie for Christmas for many years. Oh what did I do with them all?!!!!

This is brilliant , i love it !