Emily’s sheep is sweet as candy

April 24 2015

CREATIVE inspiration can spring up from the most unexpected of places.

CREATIVE inspiration can spring up from the most unexpected of places.

For Bishopston illustrator Emily Golden, the inspiration behind her Shaun the Sheep – which can be discovered in London's Covent Garden as part of the free charity arts trail, ‘Shaun in the City’ – came from her upside-down ice cream cone shower cap.

The aptly named ‘Candy-Baa’ is quite a mouth-watering sight – its legs are painted as ice cream cones and candy canes, while the body is decorated with candy pink icing, topped with sprinkles, Love Hearts, and liquorice.

Its face is a delectable bourbon biscuit, with eyes as biscuit surrounds and nostrils as doughnuts.

“I was just in my bathroom one day thinking about what design I could do for the ‘Shaun in the City’ trail, when I spotted my shower cap,” she said. “I thought the lacquer, which is painted over the Shaun once it's been decorated, would lend itself well to the sweets and icing.”

It took Emily around 60 hours to paint the 5ft sculpture, which is now one of 50 woolly critters dotted around the Big Smoke as part of the trail.

There will also be another flock of 70 sheep coming to Bristol in July.

The sheep will be auctioned off at the end of the summer to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports children's hospitals throughout the UK.

The charity’s latest trail follows in the footsteps of its popular ‘Gromit Unleashed’ event in 2013, which saw sculptures of Aardman's loveable canine raise £2.3million for Bristol Children's Hospital.

Emily's Gromit, 'Patch' – which was made up of fabric swatches – featured on the trail, and she was lucky enough to have the sculpture located right outside her previous flat in Clifton.

The local artist says that she is delighted that Candy-Baa was selected to feature on the London trail, and is looking forward to the second trail of sculptures arriving closer to home from 6 July.

Emily & Candy-Baa