Wendy is also well-known for her colourful Quirky Queues, often created from the same issue of a magazine to capture the mood of the time.

She says these pieces are a perfect platform to showcase her love of fashion and highlight today's culture of consumerism, excess and waste.

Many feature shopping trips, VIP parties, ladies who lunch and designer handbags.

Wendy creates the ghost-like faces of her characters with just a flick of nail varnish. They could be the very fashion editors and models from the pages of the magazines used to create them.

Edinburgh artist Wendy Helliwell is as passionate about recycling as she is about her work.

In fact it often IS clothes, pages from glossy magazines and thrown away items in her statement pieces.

She says the evolution of her Erwin Blumenfed-inspired  works took an unplanned turn when she received a beloved piece of clothing that was too special to throw away.

Instead, she transformed it into one of her 3D artworks. 

It's also led to a new project, Lipfill Not Landfill.

Wendy is quick to explain that this is nothing do with cosmestic procedures, but layering recycled clothes to create her sculptural pouts

Last year Wendy's sculpture for the Oor Wullie BIG Bucket Trail helped raise over £5,000 for the charity when it was auctioned off.

Aff Yir Rocker paid homage to Scottish music and the importance of recycling. It was created using clothing donated to the charity by some of the country's greatest musicians including Midge Ure, Shirley Manson and Jim Kerr 

It also features performers' signatures such as Lewis Capaldi, seen here.

After being on public display at Waverley Station, Aff Yir Rocker was bought by the owner of the Edinburgh Corn Exchange where it is now displayed

Wendy's work can be seen in a number of Scottish galleries and she's a regular at art fairs in Edinburgh and the Borders.

Or visit her site at https://www.wendyh.com/

WENDY HELLIWELL

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