The 2017 Cotswold Hare trail launched on 25th March in Woodstock, with the preview on the 9th March held at The Burford Garden Company.
I decorated one of the five foot hares with patterns inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt, see below, and two of the smaller 18 inch hares.
The hares will go to auction in October with the net profits going to charity.
This year the main charity will be National Star, but the Cotswold Hare Trail will also support local historical projects in Cotswold towns.
More information can be found at www.cirencestermarchharefestival.org.uk
The second small hare is sponsored by Clive Smith at the Manorial Court of Cricklade.
This medieval Court is still in existence today because it manages North meadow Nature Reserve ... an ancient hay meadow.
It is renown for the variety of it's wild flowers, such as the scarce 'Snakeshead Fritillary' but also Oxeye daisies, Knapweed and Marsh Marigolds which along with the Hares Bees, Butterflies and Damselflies, will be included in my design.
She is called Precious as around the golden wildlife and flowers she will be decorated with diamonds and sapphires.
The first small hare is sponsored by Stephen Farnsworth at Grimes House Gallery in Morton-in-Marsh and I've decorated her to look like she is made of fused Millifiori glass, hence her name is "Milli". Once she arrived at the gallery Stephen started to document her adventures around the gallery, see below.
Gustav the Hare
I received my five foot fibreglass hare on Monday 6th February, kindly delivered by the chaps from Corinium Movers and Storage.
I was one of the last artists to receive my hare so the pressure was really on to complete in time!
My sponsor is Ian Sawyer of A-Plan Assurance, Cricklade.
Gustav is located in the window of "Madam Blunt" in Cricklade High Street. Take a look at how Gustav progressed: