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11 Inspiring and Iconic Scottish Brands

I've been wanting to illustrate and write about these 11 Inspiring and Iconic Scottish Brands for some time. 
In Scotland, we have a wealth of fantastic brands that any country in the world would be proud to claim as their own; yet another example of  Scotland punching well above its weight. As an artist, I [...]
SpaceX capsule splashdown

Tunnock’s Tea Cake wrappers guide SpaceX Dragon safely home

Splashdown! A revolutionary space capsule has made a safe return to Earth on its first major test mission today - gently aided by 4 giant parachutes which have clearly taken their design inspiration from the legendary Tunnock's Tea Cake Wrappers. Elon Musk's rocket capsule returned home from the International Space Station (ISS) splashing down earlier [...]

4 of the Best Known Robert Burns Poems and Songs

My tribute to Robert Burns' immortal memory ahead of Burns Night on January 25th is a wee set of illustrations of 4 of the best known Robert Burns poems and songs. I pulled out the 2 lines which, in my opinion, best summed up each of these poems or songs and got to work capturing [...]
Irn Bru merchandise range

Pop meets Pop! The story behind my new IRN-BRU gift range

Last week we launched our brand new, officially licensed IRN-BRU gift range; an homage to the classic, vintage IRN-BRU bottle and the vibrant simplicity of the 60’s pop-art movement. A long time in development, this range has been tons of fun to work on and I’m very proud of the results. The reaction from my [...]

The Perfect Cuppa

* Britain’s favourite drink: there are a mere 172,000,000 cups of tea drunk every day in Britain - approximately - making it by far the most popular drink in Britain.  according to the Tea & Infusions Association. (BR) * Teabags: of this number of cuppas, 96% are made using the ubiquitous tea bag * Coffee [...]

20 Interesting Facts about Puffins

Thank you for checking in to read my latest illustrated Scottish Story: interesting facts about puffins. I’ve always been intrigued by puffins: they are such wonderfully charismatic and colourful little creatures with an almost unmatched ability to conquer land, sea and air. With many colonies dotted around the more remote pockets of the Scottish shoreline, [...]
Gillian Kyle Scottish Clocks Animation

Enjoy the happy gift of Scottish Time

At Gillian Kyle we've captured some of the beauty of Scottish Time in our fun and colourful range of Scottish Clocks. Whether for your own home or when giving the gift of Scottish Time to friends and family, these designs will remind you of all that's best about Scotland.  Choose from a range of designs [...]
Tunnocks cushions by Scottish artist Gillian Kyle - and Lola the dog!

Turning Tunnock’s into an Art Form

As published by Scottish Field: Turning the famous Tunnock’s wrappers into an art form In all the years that I’ve been creating and selling my ever-popular Tunnock’s products, I don’t think I’ve ever properly shared the story-behind-the-product with you guys, my brilliant and loyal customers. So here it is – as written and published by […]

animation celebrating the V&A Dundee and Maggie's Penguin Parade

The V&A and Penguins Come to Dundee

Bonnie Dundee 2018 - now we really do have something to sing about For me, Dundee will be forever associated with Oor Wullie and The Beano, but these days its no longer just the city of "jute, jam and journalism". In fact, in 2014, the wee city on the Tay was recognised by the United Nations (no [...]

Make Travel Fun

Make travel fun - again!   What does your suitcase say about you? Or, more to the point, what doesn’t it say about you... Most suitcases are so 'Financial Times' boring they almost make you want to stay at home.  Holidays to me are all about sunshine, blue skies, relaxation and good food. I guess these [...]
Famous Scots - Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow School of Art infographic illustrated story with interesting facts by Scottish artist Gillian Kyle

Charles Rennie Mackintosh at 150

In 2016 Charles Rennie Mackintosh was voted #2 Great Scot* in a poll conducted by the National Trust for Scotland. But how how much do we really know about this clearly much loved and iconic Scottish designer? (br) On the eve of his 150th birthday on June 7th, I set out to find out more about […]

Scotties and Westies

In Scotland things tend to happen in pairs: • highlands & lowlands • kilts & bagpipes • haggis & neeps • Clyde & Forth • Robert Burns & Sir Walter Scott • teacakes & caramel wafers • Scotties & Westies Scotties & Westies, or more formally Scottish Terriers and West Highland Terriers, are two Scottish [...]
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