Pear Stairs artist shortlisted for national award
Staff at a UK staircase design and manufacturing company are pleased and proud after one of its employees was shortlisted for a national prize. Clare Harper, creative artist at Pear Stairs, was one of only four entrants to make the final of the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2017.
Based in Welshpool, Mid Wales, Pear Stairs is part of Boys & Boden Ltd, which operates multiple plumbing and DIY branches in England and Wales.
Clare was singled out for her transformation of Pear Stairs’ delivery vehicles. When the company acquired its own fleet, Clare was asked to come up with a livery. She created a variety of surreal designs giving a huge pear-shaped twist to a range of iconic paintings, including MC Escher’s ‘Relativity’ with its never-ending staircase, Salvador Dali’s famous melting clocks – or pears – and Damien Hirst’s ‘A Pear Divided’.
The designs were printed on to vinyl lorry curtains by specialist company Structure-flex Ltd, which was also shortlisted for the accolade.
The awards ceremony was held in London last week during a luxury riverboat cruise along the Thames. Although ultimately Clare was just pipped to the post by another entry, her unique works of art were highly commended by the judging panel.
Clare said: “Whilst cruising past the great, iconic landmarks of London enjoying a particularly lavish lunch aboard the Silver Sturgeon, it surprised me to learn so many new and interesting facts about the world of marketing and print. Although it’s slightly disappointing not to have come first, it was an honour to be shortlisted and I have come back to work with renewed energy and lots of fresh ideas.”
Visit www.pearstairs.co.uk to find out more.