Meet the Artist: Carys-ink

With his super-whipped hairdo, sprinkles, and swirl of strawberry sauce, Fab-ewe-lous is a mega-chilled sheep on four lolly sticks! This week we talk to his creator, designer Carys-ink (otherwise known as Carys Tait), about her delicious design. Fab-ewe-lous made his sponsor The Mall at Cribbs Causeway his home during the Shaun in the City Bristol trail this summer. 

To get your own taste of Fab-ewe-lous’s classic ice-cream flavours, pick up a figurine from our shop.

(Psst! Ewe can also check out Carys’s bold, punk-inspired Bristol figurine, Flock n’ Roll, right here!)

 

Hi Carys! How old are you?

I'm 42.

 

What inspires you creatively?

I like to make things fun and playful wherever possible - references to superheroes, retro children's toys and things with wheels often crop up in my work.

 

What inspired your Shaun design?

I wanted to do something fun, and had been trying to think how I could make Shaun’s shape relate to some kind of object. His long, skinny legs were a stumbling block until I hit on the idea of lolly sticks. The rest just flowed from there! I also couldn't resist putting super-whipped ice-cream on his head and topping it off with strawberry sauce and sprinkles!

 

Tell us a secret about your Shaun.

There is a sheep-related joke on the inside of each of Fab-ewe-lous’s legs - see if you can work out the punchlines, or make up your own!

 

Tell us a little about your family.

I have a husband, Chris, and two boys, Isaac (aged 9) and Theo (aged 7)...They're big Shaun the Sheep fans!

 

What are your hobbies?

I like cycling and am just getting back into mountain biking after not having done much for a few years. I have also just started playing tennis again!