New Fringe Artwork Shows Oranges Are The Only Fruit

Buxton artist Helen Mint has had her exciting work chosen to illustrate the cover of this year’s Buxton Fringe programme.

Each year the Fringe considers artwork from a variety of sources and Helen’s unusual, three-dimensional design, based on the Fringe’s own juggler logo, fulfilled the committee’s brief to have something really striking and different for 2016.

The colour orange has become closely identified with the Fringe in recent years and Helen’s artwork includes actual oranges plus citrus peel. Explains Helen: “As an artist I like to create pieces of art work from materials which are usually destining for waste, and I thought: ‘What could be more perfect than the material I predominately use, citrus peel, to create the art for the Buxton Festival Fringe programme cover?’ I reproduced the Fringe logo using my style, manipulating the citrus peel to create this playful juggling figure.“

She is likely to have something else to celebrate in February. Says Helen: “I am very excited to have been chosen as the artist for the Fringe cover and this is an especially exciting year as I am having my first baby. You never know, with the amount of oranges I consume it may come out orange!”

A mock-up of Helen’s cover can be seen on the Fringe website and will feature on the newly-redesigned Fringe flyer, which will be widely available from Easter. The Fringe programme itself will be printed by the beginning of June but performers' events are already being listed on the Fringe website as they come in.

Fringe chair Keith Savage adds: “"We're thrilled with Helen's artwork - it is bold, bright, witty and approachable, all the qualities that we associate with the Fringe".

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