Beaucatcher Salon

Santa’s little helper

Beaucatcher Salon, where I had my Hair Lines exhibition in summer 2018, asked me to draw its Christmas shop window. It was all for Stoke Newington Church Street’s Christmas Night in Stokey, a community ‘shop local’ night with collections for charity.

Starting with an idea by Beaucatcher’s stylists, the main window had Santa having his beard styled. I gave Santa luscious waves and each Christmas fairy an up-do, I added a bauble-transporting elf on the door and there were two fairies carrying a comb across the window curtain.

Drawing at this scale, in this setting, has unique challenges. There were several stages of roughs, materials tests on glass, digital development and two stages of large-scale live illustration, with occasional pauses to wave at passing families.

The window won Best In Street, voted for by shoppers on the night.