North-east artist ‘chuffed’ to design awards for First Minister

Gabi Reith was chosen to create the awards after her previous handiwork caught the eyes of organisers
Gabi Reith was chosen to create the awards after her previous handiwork caught the eyes of organisers

An Aberdeen artist was “really chuffed” to be given the chance to design awards for the first minister.

Gabi Reith’s hand painted and laser etched wooden trophies were handed out by Nicola Sturgeon to youngsters who took part in her 2018 reading challenge.

The illustrator and designer was chosen to create the awards after her previous handiwork caught the eyes of organisers.

A hand-painted and laser-etched wooden trophy

She said: “I had designed three awards for the Scottish Book Trust at the beginning of the year and then they picked me again to make nine small and four large awards to give to children at the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

“It caught me by surprise but it’s always nice to get an inquiry like that.”

The artist has been involved in a raft of creative projects including Look Again, Painted Doors and the 20for20 Anchor Voyage.

“When you work in Aberdeen it can feel a bit removed from everything else that’s going on,” she said.

“So to be based up here and get asked to do something for the first minister is really great and it shows that my work is being appreciated.”

Scottish Book Trust chief executive Marc Lambert said: “Our brief for Gabi was to create something bright, distinctive and long-lasting that had a touch of magic and something that the children would cherish.

“Gabi’s work is so detailed, eye-catching and wonderful and we knew that she would interpret this and create something show-stopping.”

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