Deigned and painted by Manx artist Anna Clucas. In the old days Culain, the smith of the gods, was living in the Isle of Man. It was the time when Conchubar was at the court of the King of Ulster and had nothing but the sword in his hand. He went one day to the Druid of Clogher to ask him what he had best do… Unlock the link to find a secret password to the full story along with the original design of Teeval. I hope she will bring you as much strength to conquer your own battles as much as it did for Conchubar.
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Q. What initially inspired you to apply for this project?
Quite a few years ago I had the opportunity to paint a munni doll for the Sayle Gallery fundraiser. It was about 20cm in size and I loved the transformation and individuality each one of the dolls took. When I saw the wallabies project, I was so excited to have another go at customising a much larger version. Wild in art also do a lot of good for charities too, so I couldn’t see any reason not to apply.
Q. Tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind your wallaby design, how did you settle on that particular idea?
When looking into designs, I knew I wanted to create a style that took me out of my comfort zone, but also take on a subject that inspired me. I love a good Manx folk story!! I searched the internet and found a couple of stories that I thought would work well, but the decision was made to paint Teeval, princess of the ocean, not only because of her symbolic meaning to inject strength into those who called her name, 2019 was also the year of the missing mermaid.
Q. When you found out you’d been selected, how did you feel?
I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out my design was selected, I thought it didn’t have any interest for a while, so moped around for a bit, haha.
Q. Which aspect of the project were you most excited about carrying out?
Definitely the painting of her. I knew in my head how I was going to tackle projecting a two dimensional image onto a three dimensional sculpture, I just found it difficult explaining to everyone else how I was going to do it. I couldn’t wait to complete her so I could say that’s what I was talking about!
Q. What did you find to be the greatest challenge when creating your wallaby?
Most definitely it has been the part of keeping her a secret. I am absolutely busting for the trail to go live 😂
Q. How do you hope the Wallaby project will be received on the island?
I am sure that the project will bring interest to families and visitors all over, besides at least those who have never seen a wild wallaby over here will not miss one of these.