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Artist Catherine hopes to make a splash with table-top card game


By Gordon Calder


Caithness artist Catherine Redgate is to launch Waters Edge at an event in Aberdeen.
Caithness artist Catherine Redgate is to launch Waters Edge at an event in Aberdeen.

THE new game created and designed by Caithness artist Catherine Redgate may sound a bit fishy – but it is all above board.

The 31-year-old from Castletown, who is based in Aberdeen, plans to launch Waters Edge at an event in the city this month.

It features illustrated cards which link together to create a town where players catch and sell fish to gain points.

"You have to cast your nets, keep the ice house stocked and be ready to feed the townsfolk but you need to watch out for storms, whales and cheeky seagulls," she explained.

Catherine, a graduate of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, was inspired to come up with her first illustrated table-top card game by the historic fishing industry around the Scottish coast.

Game design has brought my illustrations to life and it has been amazing watching people play a game I have made.

Waters Edge has been in development since January and started with scraps of paper, marked only with rough symbols. Game play developed quickly as cards changed, rules were adapted and discussion over logistics took place.

"Lots of market research and feedback was received following test games with supportive family, friends and colleagues," said Catherine, whose parents Neil and Jennifer Redgate live in Castletown.

"I've found the process very different from anything I've done before. Game design has brought my illustrations to life and it has been amazing watching people play a game I have made, and then want to play it again and again!"

Waters Edge features illustrated cards which link together to create a town where players catch and sell fish to gain points.
Waters Edge features illustrated cards which link together to create a town where players catch and sell fish to gain points.

She now has a working prototype and is ready to launch the game as a campaign on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where she hopes to get enough support from across the world to bring her game to life.

Catherine will be holding a launch event on June 20 at the Cult of Coffee premises in Aberdeen.

She has plans to introduce expansion packs and attract the interest of retailers before making a start on her second board game.

More details about Waters Edge can be found on her website at www.catherine-redgate.co.uk/watersedge

She held her first solo exhibition in 2015 with further exhibitions and installations in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Catherine has also produced work for four charity sculpture trails, including the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail, and has been commissioned by a number of clients including the Highland Wildlife Park, Cairn o’ Mohr wines and Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.

Her recent exploration into illustration has seen the creation of characters using watercolour and ink – from furry bears to windswept Heilan' coos. She is working on an illustrated children’s storybook.



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