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Wild in Art

A Wild in Art event brought to you by The Kirkwood.

Get to know our artists: Caroline Boyd

Meet Manchester-based artist, Caroline Boyd. Founder of Boy Oh Boy Designs, Caroline is one of the first artists to be commissioned to decorate a Snowdog for the Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees art trial this Autumn. Her design, ‘Shopfronts of Kirklees’ brings to life our colorful community and the many fantastic independent shops found across our region.

An event that celebrates the diversity of our towns and villages here in Kirklees and reflects our cultures and landscapes through creative design, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees sees talented artists up and down the country put their best foot forward to create a showstopping design, in the hopes that their artwork will be chosen to be hand-painted on to one of the 60 large Snowdog sculptures which are set to take to the streets of Kirklees in September.

Today, we find out more about Caroline and where her inspiration comes from:

Q: What inspired your design the most?

A: In the last few years I have changed from a career in marketing to becoming an illustrator and designer on a freelance basis, a move which was expedited by the pandemic. I bought an iPad pro, learned procreate and – because we were in lockdown – refined my skills and shared them on Instagram by drawing local shops near where I live because I hoped they would survive the lockdowns. I found a new appreciation for the small, unique independents on my high street in Sale, Greater Manchester. As soon as I learned of Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees, I decided to develop the ‘Shops of Sale’ art I had created into the ‘Shops of Kirklees’, and now I will be illustrating and celebrating some of the small shops that make Kirklees so special and irreplaceable.


Q: When did you start your work as an artist?

A: I am six months into being full-time as an artist and designer. I have loved art ever since I was five years old. Where some children played in the garden, I just wanted to sit indoors with paper and pens. I studied art at GCSE but never pursued it as a career, however I always wanted to find a way back to my passion and turn it into a livelihood. In 2020 I set up Boy Oh Boy Designs.

Q: Why were you keen to get involved in Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees?

A: Art is about making all of us feel something and appreciate our world with a new perspective. I love it when I can create something with a community benefit, it’s a huge privilege to be a part of. The trail will support the great work of The Kirkwood and will help people enjoy time together, make memories and see their area in new ways. I hope the trail inspires people to celebrate the good in the community and raises lots of funds for a much-needed charity.

Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees officially launches to the public on September 2nd and will run for eight weeks. The art trail is set to be the largest free event of its kind to ever come to West Yorkshire.

To find out more about Caroline’s business and her artwork, please visit www.boyohboydesigns.co.uk

To find out more about The Kirkwood’s mission to support people across Kirklees living with a life limiting illness, please visit www.thekirkwood.org.uk

Snowdogs Support Life 2022