There’s no denying it – Kirklees is a wonderful place to live, work and visit. There is something for everyone here, whether you enjoy country walks with your four-legged friends, retail therapy, or visiting quaint villages steeped in history (which also happen to set the scene for a TV show or two).
Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees celebrates the best of our community, showcasing what it is that makes our vibrant borough so special – from its vast landscape to its impressive architecture. With our fair share of iconic landmarks, such as Emley Moor Mast and Castle Hill, Kirklees is home to impressive sights for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
Originally from Leeds, illustrator Katie Quinn has incorporated some of Kirklees’ main attractions into her Snowdog design, ‘Nelly’. Combining the likes of Lockwood viaduct with abstract pattern, Katie’s showstopping design comes with a heartwarming story. We got chatting to the artist to find out more:
Q: What inspired your design the most?
A: I chose local landmarks because of their beauty and historical significance. I live in Edinburgh but hail from Leeds and have really fond memories of visiting these places as a child. My design is called ‘Nelly’ after my lovely Auntie Nell who is now in her 90’s, and always has a good story to tell of the places she’s been around Yorkshire (and the world!).
Q: When did you start your work as an artist?
A: I’ve always loved drawing and painting, studying art and design at school. I did my degree in Illustration and have a Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels too. I’ve been a freelance artist for over ten years and have a wide range of work in my portfolio, including editorial illustration, comics, and murals, but this is the first time I’ve painted a sculpture!
Q: Why were you keen to get involved in this art trail?
A: As well as encouraging charitable donations to The Kirkwood, the art trail also enables people to see art in their local community, which as an artist is so important to me. I particularly love that the smaller Snowdog pup sculptures have been adopted by schools in the area. My hope is that the trail raises awareness about the wonderful work The Kirkwood does, and that people enjoy the trail itself in September.
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 Katie’s artwork, visit katieq-illustration.co.uk
To find out more about The Kirkwood’s mission to support people across Kirklees living with a life limiting illness, please visit thekirkwood.org.uk