Emma Boyes
UK
Barn Swallow

Tell us a little about your piece?

So many of our planned adventures have been canceled this year due to the pandemic so we bought a canoe and have been having our own mini adventures as a family out on Lake Ullswater in the Lake District National park. One evening around 8pm we were out in the middle of the Lake and we just sat watching the swallows dive down to the water catching insects. It was a magical moment and got me thinking about how Humans have been pretty much grounded, yet birds can go wherever they wish. Barn swallows migrate from the UK, traveling all through Europe and finally ending up in Africa. It just seemed like the perfect piece to make for my contribution to the passport and will always remind me of that special evening with my family on the lake.


What was the most challenging part of the brief?

Working on the piece during lockdown whilst trying to home school my daughter and also work from home was pretty stressful but I am SO glad I somehow found the time.


What part of the collaboration did you enjoy the most?

I adore being a PAC member and have taken part in some amazing collaborations. I am a full time paper artist and I don't often get the opportunity to just make for the fun of it, which is what the PAC collaborations offer. The Ergo Kiwi felt extra special as we were supporting a small business. I had so many messages off people asking if I recommended the kiwi handle, which of course I did and several people have since gone on to buy them which brilliant.


How did you enjoy working with the ErgoKiwi handle?

I was honestly a little nervous as I tend to hold my scalpel really close to the end and it looks a little heavy but I was pleasantly surprised by how user friendly it was. It wasn't at all heavy and was very comfortable to hold.

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