Big Issue readers are a talented bunch, and they’re always finding creative ways to support our vendors.
This was recently demonstrated by Maidenhead-based Carole Baughan, who creates striking artworks by carefully cutting up pages of the magazine and arranging them in animal-inspired designs, most recently created the image of a stag (pictured above).
Baughan, a retired former midwife and teaching assistant, has been creating the collages for ten years and already has a record of using them to raise cash for The Big Issue.
“It was an idea I had at my art class,” she said. “I wanted to do a collage of a golden eagle and I had a copy of the magazine in my bag. I gave it a go and it worked.”
The “wildlife-daft” amateur artist sold a number of the pieces in 2015 and raised nearly £500 for The Big Issue Foundation, our charitable arm.
Fast forward to this year, Baughan said she turned back to her art – and The Big Issue – to help keep her occupied during lockdown.