Our lovely daughter-in-law Yuko asked us if we would like her to draw a portrait of Tilly and of course we said yes please we would like that very much. Yuko is drawing on her iPad these days and hoped she could draw Tilly's cuteness. She certainly managed that and emailed the portrait to us in PDF form. I had been using my printer to print out a few photos of Tilly to put inside my dog journal so I needed to replace my printer inks and while I was out buying new ink cartridges I also bought an A4 size black frame. So now Yuko's lovely portrait of Tilly is proudly displayed on our living room wall for us to enjoy every day.
Yuko is a talented artist and illustrator and before she moved to the UK to live with our son her new husband she had an exhibition of her work in the Shinoe Museum of Art in her home town in Japan. I still have the catalogue of her work from the exhibition in 2013.
and a little about her here
I have a nice story to tell about Yuko's commission to work with Border Biscuits on their new website and promotional material.
Yuko discovered their strawberry and cream shortbread on a visit to England and would eat it almost every day and when she returned to Japan our son would send some to her in his parcels. She wrote about them on her blog and did an illustration. Her blog post caught the eye of Border Biscuits who contacted her and invited her to Scotland to take a look at the factory that make the biscuits and meet the people who make them. If that wasn't magical enough after a while a big box full of delicious biscuits arrived at her home in Japan. Yuko made the visit to their Lanark premises and her story featured in several Scottish newspapers and she even did a radio interview.
Article from the Scottish Sun, they called her Yoko but she didn't mind that.
Border Biscuits was founded in 1984 and, from a tiny factory and four employees, they're now found in just about every UK supermarket chain and claim that 100 million Border biscuits are crunched, munched and savoured every year all over the planet!
Border Biscuits are most famous for their dark chocolate ginger biscuits and I own up to usually having some in my kitchen cupboard.