Gabriella Keating Fedders, designer of the Ham-Inator, says Pigs Gone Wild rekindled her love of art

Gabriella Keating Fedders with her Pigs Gone Wild sculpture The Ham-Inator

Gabriella Keating Fedders with her Pigs Gone Wild sculpture The Ham-Inator - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The Pigs Gone Wild trail is live, opening up art to the public and a new generation as they wander round town spotting the elaborately decorated sculptures.

But for Gabriella Keating Fedders the trail has rekindled her dormant interest in the creative arts.

The former fine art student at Norwich University of the Arts admitted she lost some interest in art after her course finished but has now both designed and painted one of the pigs in the eye-catching trail.

The Ham-Inator, a cross between a pig and The Terminator, now stands proudly in the Arboretum in Christchurch Park – and Miss Keating Fedders, from Creeting St Mary, said it has driven her on to get back into art.

“I finished art college about two years ago and I was doing some drawings and little bits for friends,” she said.

“I just lost all desire to do it after I left. I was fed up with it and Had all these works left from my three years.”

However a spur of the moment decision to submit two designs to the Pigs Gone Wild trail organisers resulted in the Ham-Inator being chosen.

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It is now one of 39 larger-than life sculptures scattered around Ipswich raising awareness of St Elizabeth Hospice. After 10 weeks they will be auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

“I was really shocked,” 23-year-old Miss Keating Fedders said when recalling being told her creation would feature in the trail. “I wasn’t expecting a call back at all.

“It was quite daunting when I saw how big the pig was. I’ve dont large 2D paintings and canvases before but this was the first 3D thing I have ever done.”

Miss Keating Fedders said she went to see the pig in situ for the first time on Wednesday and, though her ambition for perfection meant she picked out things she would have done differently, the feedback from friends and the public had been good.

“I’ve been so lucky and so fortunate to be able to do it,” she said of the trail. “To see the broad range of talent, I feel really proud to be part of it.”

Miss Keating Fedders said the success of the Ham-Inator means she is now becoming more involved in the creative arts again.

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