Almost a year since Graham Short unveiled his micro-engraved £5 notes to the world, he returns to the forefront of the art community by creating another unique item, this time to be auctioned alongside the returned £5 note to raise funds Children in Need.
Working on a Pudsey Bear charm, Graham has scribed the quote;
“Cherish your children for they are the footprints you will leave behind”
Young people are the future of our society and because of many unfair reasons and events, some don’t get the start in life they deserve. Graham, along with the THH Gallery, Kelso try to give the most they can to make a difference to young people’s lives, and to the lives of all who need assistance.
In November 2016 Graham we teamed up with the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery, distributing four £5 notes engraved with a portrait of author Jane Austen and an individual quote from one of her books encircling the tiny portrait. These special notes were spent by the gallery and Graham in small locally run businesses within the home countries of Great Britain.
The hunt for the five pound notes was likened to Willy Wonka’s ‘Golden Tickets’ and caught the attention of many people, both in the British Isles, and beyond. The search still continues today for the last of the four notes, spent in Melton Mowbray almost a year ago.
In January this year, the note spent in Northern Ireland was returned to the THH Gallery by the finder, a lovely elderly lady who asked that Graham use the note to help children, so the mission is to do exactly that.
Graham and the Gallery are donating the returned £5 note to Children in Need to raise the highest sum possible. Because the THH Gallery is a big a fan of what Chris Evans Breakfast show does for Children in Need, they have commissioned Graham to produce a unique micro engraving for the cause. This piece is housed in a hand crafted oak box containing a microscope ( to view the piece) and a compartment housing a very special journal.
This amazing work of art is the engraving picture above, on the head of a ‘Pudsey’ bear charm (below) and will be accompanied by the original sketch for the specially created piece.