Save The Children Christmas Charity Auction
Sponsored by Mackies Ice Cream I was asked to design a 'tree' for the annual Save the Children Christmas auction. Taking on the spirit of Christmas I decided upon a design for a hollow tree dolls house. I then decided the house should be occupied by bears in the midst of Christmas celebration. Central to the design was the idea that final piece could be gifted by the winner of the auction to their children enjoyed as a real working toy.
Working with Sarah Beattie-Smith my close friend and fellow student at ECA we crafted the house out of a hollow tree donated by the Wood School in East Lothian.
With unlimited ice cream to keep us going we stripped back sanded and oiled the trunk. We created internal veneered floors, working doors and ladders connecting the bottom to the top.
My mother found the bears for us in a local gift shop and fashioned outfits out of scraps of material. We persuaded a local furniture maker David Buchanan-Dunlop to build us some real furniture and finally we dressed the house for Christmas with home made clay food, a Christmas tree and working lights.
We set the bear tree house in a winter wonderland by sourcing some fake snow and borrowing some real evergreen trees .
The finished piece was displayed in Harvey Nichols for a week before being transported to the auction.
We achieved a record breaking £12000.00 sale at auction on the night and the owners were delighted.