Ribena was a part of my childhood and seems to have been around forever. In fact, one of my earliest memories involves not being allowed a glass of Ribena and actually running away from home because of this (my poor mum!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago Ribena invited a group of fun-seekers along to their Colouring Café based in Convent Garden, London and gave them a chance to colour in their own portion of completely off-the-wall (but not!) piece of artwork! I certainly wouldn’t have run away from that!
Ribena set Bristol-based artist, Alex Lucas, a challenge to illustrate a surrealist city landscape, full of quirk and joy. Alex is a freelance illustrator and artist, who works in Bristol and takes on both small and large commissions. She graduated with a degree in Multi-Media Textile design and an MA in Animation and illustration and realising the therapeutic benefits of art, she went on to obtain an MA in Art Therapy. She organises many community events as a result of her work including Picton Street Winter and Summer fayres. Many of her colourful designs can be seen across Bristol – which isn’t too far from me so I must make an effort to go on a bit of a tour to find her work. She even had a design accepted for the Bristol £5 note.
The piece of artwork she designed for Ribena was chopped into 120 individual pieces for the Colouring Cafe and a mixed bag of people were then let loose with felt-tips to colour to their hearts’ content – in-between fuel stops for Ribena Light!
For everyone involved it was a chance to put a smile on their faces and leave the world outside for an hour or so to add a splash of colour and help bring to life an epically proportioned picture packed full of Ribenary surprises
Find out more about the amazing artist who created the exclusive Ribena illustration and see how it unfolded in this great video made for the occasion:
The end result looked beautiful! Enough to put a smile on the sternest of faces!
If you missed out on this and want to get involved in creating your own #Ribenery masterpiece then you can get creative using their colouring app which you can find out more about over on the Ribena website.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post