Poetic words inspire print to raise funds for Maggie’s

Susan McGill. Pic: FPA
Susan McGill. Pic: FPA

When Kirkcaldy ceramic artist and designer Susan McGill was asked if she would like to help create something special to help Maggie’s Fife to raise funds she was only too happy to help.

And the design for her limited edition print was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson, one of Scotland’s s greatest writers.

Susan came across his romantic poem which starts with the line “I will make you brooches and toys for your delight, Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night” and has created prints to help raise funds for our Maggie’s Centre.

She said: “I have worked with Maggie’s before and know the great work it does in the local community, so I was delighted to be asked to help.

“My work is based around Scottish traditions and I came upon the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson which I thought conjured up a really nice image which fitted in well with Maggie’s ethics.”

Susan’s design features a traditional circular Scottish plaid brooch with the words of the poem around its outside border.

As a ceramic artist, much of the work she does is based around a circle template, and she says she finds it easier to work in circles.

Susan has 100 limited edition black and white prints, specially screen printed by hand at Dundee Contemporary Arts studio, which will be sold, with all the proceeds going directly to Maggie’s Fife.

She said: “The screen printing technique used to produce this edition gives each print a very unique look and adds to the traditional feel of the design.

‘‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Maggie’s Centre on creating our new print.”

Susan (47) works from her studio at her home in Kirkcaldy.

After initially studying graphic design at Telford College in Edinburgh, she went on to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, where she graduated with a degree in Ceramic Design.

In 2012 Susan and her sister Anna MacKenzie started up Susan McGill Designs, a company which allows her to develop her ceramic designs and apply them to textiles, birchwood trays and limited edition prints.

“My designs are influenced by my family life, tradition and my love of the Scottish language. I enjoy that my work is both functional and decorative so can carry Scottish verse to the kitchen table at the heart of the family.

The prints cost £45 plus postage and packing, and can be purchased from www.susanmcgilldesigns.com

Elspeth Salter, centre head, said: “It’s wonderful that Susan has designed this beautiful print for us.

‘‘Susan’s thoughts of carrying verse to the kitchen table are perfect for us as our kitchen table is at the heart of our centre – a place for sharing support and nourishment.