Welcome to the last instalment in our Bristol Pound artist interview series. It’s been an inspiring journey learning all about the people, the techniques and the stories behind the incredible new designs gracing the third edition of the Bristol Pound paper money.
Come and celebrate the launch of the new designs this Thursday at Spike Island Cafe. RSVP here to reserve your free space and read the timeline for introducing the new money and retiring the old.
Read on to find out more about Elaine Greig, whose winning design impressed the judges in the maritime heritage category, and check out the rest of the artist interviews here.
How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
I’m a rowing, drumming, renewable energy expert, engineer and project manager.
Why did you enter the competition to design a Bristol Pound?
One of the themes was maritime heritage, and I knew many entries would be shoreside. I felt it was really important to remind folks that maritime heritage originates with boats!
What’s the story behind the image you created?
The image is a collation of the boats you see most commonly moving on the Bristol floating harbour. Showing them all together gives an impact that cements the boats as a bustle of activity. I drew the outline, then scanned, and dug out a very old heavy laptop with a 2008 version of Adobe Photoshop to give it the pop of colour it needed.
What artists inspire you?
I love Newcastle’s Jim Edwards. If I could get anywhere near that in Bristol I’d be made up, need to keep practicing!
How has Bristol inspired your work?
I took up gig rowing shortly after I moved to Bristol, thanks to a friend and colleague, and founder of the gig club. These boats are an integral part of my Bristol life.
What are your artistic career highlights so far?
This is my artistic career, and my highlight.
What are your plans for the future?
Find the time to keep practicing & get better.
Where can we find you online?
The gig club links are below:
Thank you Elaine!