Polly is down in Ludlow, Shropshire, at the 2010 Ludlow Festival where her new poster and its matching Tee-shirt are selling well. The first week of this outdoor event - the production of Shakespeare's play Othello - was somewhat mixed weather-wise, going from blazing hot to stair-rod rain and back again in a matter of 24 hours. This was reflected in the sales, which went from an all time low to an all time high over two days - you never can tell with art! Polly's regular customers have been out in force and she is delighted to see them at her stand in the castle's Inner Bailey, and to sign this year's poster for their collections.
"It was an interesting poster to design," she says. "On re-reading the play I was particularly struck by the importance of Iago, Othello's lieutenant, with his desire to manipulate all the surrounding characters. I saw him as a master puppeteer, making all the others dance to his tune, and that was the direction in which the poster developed."
Copies of the poster will appear on the studio barn web just as soon as possible, and of course at the Barn itself, when you will be able to judge for yourselves how successful you think the design is. In the meantime copies are available in Ludlow nightly at the Festival (where Polly would love to meet you) and during the day at the Box Office, the Castle Shop and Ludlow Information Centre. The Tee-shirt is selling fast and we only have Small, and Large left – hurry, hurry for Othello and Desdemona as marionettes.
The original t-shirt design with the printers marks (not seen on the t-shirt!)