Newick artist creates tin for Marks and Spencer to celebrate royal baby birth and holds exhibition in Rottingdean

Rottingdean Windmill by Carol Lawson
Rottingdean Windmill by Carol Lawson

An artist from Newick was asked by Marks and Spencer to create a tin to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Experienced illustrator Carol Lawson took on the challenge and the tins are out in stores now.

Royal baby tin by Carol Lawson

Royal baby tin by Carol Lawson

Carol’s artwork together with pieces by her illustrator husband Chris, who is a university lecturer in illustration and design and glass artist Elizabeth Lamont will form an exhibition in Rottingdean.

The exhibition will be at the Grange Gallery in Rottingdean from May 28 to June 9, featuring original paintings, prints, cards and glass work.

Carol has created artwork for a variety of packaging including a Harrod’s Christmas hamper, a musical carousel biscuit tin for Fortnum & Mason, a painting of a portly pig dressed as John Bull for ‘Mr Trotter’ pork crackling and beer, a ‘Dutch Old Master’ painting for cheese packaging and various Christmas tins for Marks and Spencer .

Carol said: “The first ‘royal baby tin I illustrated was to commemorate the birth of Prince George in 2013, followed by the current one for Princess Charlotte.

“The tins cannot go into production until both the gender and the names of the baby are known, so the colours I use in the illustration have to be designed to work with either blue or pink as a background.”

The exhibition will include paintings by Carol such as pastels of the South Downs and an illustration of a book jacket for the Jungle Book.

There will be beautiful stained glass by Elizabeth, while Chris is inspired by sacred sites.

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