The Women who Saved the Birds
Posted 11 months ago and submitted by Vicky Scott | Share link:

I was asked by Wild Times magazine to illustrate the fascinating story of Emily Wilkinson, a young lady in the Victorian times who campaigned to stop wild birds being used to make fancy hats (gross!). I’ve used my colourful, collage style to bring the story to life for a young audience, with lots of textured papers and fabrics.

The main image shows Emily in a celebratory pose in one of her favourite wildfowl watching spots with many, many ducks, grebes, herons and more all around her. The double-page spread shows Emily going into town and being horrified by all the ladies wearing feathered hats and shops selling them. This leads her to start protests with other ladies. My illustration winds along the path through the town and leads the viewer through the story.

You’ll be pleased to know they were successful and this barbaric fashion was put a stop to in the 1920s.

Vicky Scott
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0) 7742659923

I'm a freelance Illustrator from London, currently living in Sheffield. Over the last 15 years, I have worked on a diverse range of projects including Facebook advertising for Volk… Show more.

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Member since 14th July, 2010
Drench Art Award Finalist, selected as one of the London Elephant Parade Artists
Microsoft, Cheltenham Festivals, Slimming World,Radio Times, Volkswagen, Paperchase, Top Sante Magazine, Wakefield Council, Lewes & Eastbourne Council, The Postal Museum
Vicky is friendly and creative, and her style is bright, fun and very eye-catching. Working in stages from rough concept to finished art, she was open to feedback and willing to accommodate amends and a couple of extras along the way. It was an absolute pleasure working with her and hope I get the opportunity again in the near future.
— Yvey Bailey, Redactive