Harrod’s Commissions Anniversary Designs

The world's most famous department store has comissioned Pollyanna to paint a series of designs to commemorate a very special launch!

Each year Harrods produces a collector's bear, with the store logo and date embroidered on the underneath of his paw. These bears are much sought after, with the earliest of them now fetching thousands of pounds at auction. This year, the 2005 bear is due to become one of the most collectable of all - he is the twentieth one to be released by the store. Following a series of top secret meetings, Pollyanna completed several paintings featuring the bear which will be used on the store's annual Christmas range, as well as a unique twentieth anniversary range of products. The painting shown here features all twenty of the bears, with '2005' in the middle.

New in store, the range of gift ware now available includes ten different tote bags, Christmas stockings, aporons, children's bibs, three different china mugs, two designs of Christmas crackers, a snow globe, a trinket box, christmas decorations, pencil cases, tins of chocolates, and a 20th anniversary collectors plate.

"It has been something of a departure from my usual subject matter" Pollyanna commented " but great fun to work on, and of course it really is an honour to be asked to design for this anniversary launch. I originally trained in Graphics and Illustration, as well as fine art, so I guess my college lecturers would be pleased to know that I am still putting some of my training to good use!"

Pollyanna has been commissioned to paint exclusively for the Harrods gift ware department for several years, and many items can currently be found in their in-store Arcade, as well as their airport outlets and store in Japan - where the bag featuring Pollyanna's West Highland Terrier even outsells the famous 'Green and Gold' classic design. The new Christmas and Anniversary ranges will start to appear in-store from August onwards. Meanwhile Pollyanna has also completed further new work for the store featuring her more usual subjects - five new paintings of Westis will extend the existing range, and new gift ware featuring a black cat will soon be released.