Miss Magpie’s second day of illustrations from the Calais refugee camp

Some more illustrations from the amazing Miss Magpie Fashion Spy. This week she is spending some time illustrating the lives of the people in the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk.

Tuesday 12th January, the Jungle, Calais

I went out with the volunteers who were clearing abandoned tents. It was wonderful to see everyone working together to make a difference – a recurring theme from this trip!

Tents being cleared in the camp in Calais by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy



I was just surrounded by 30 French policeman. And don’t panic, they were friendly. Just asking why the area is being cleared. But more than anything they wanted me to draw them!! “Draw me draw me”!!! “Ahhhh beautiful, c’est bon” etc.

I love how neutral drawing scenes in front of me makes me….everyone talks to me. This problem is huge, everyone just wants a fix for it. I don’t see that there is bad and good. It’s just a big mess that involves so many people.

Policemen in the Calais camp, inspecting the tent clearing - by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy

Policemen in the Calais camp, inspecting the tent clearing - by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy (2)

I met this father and daughter in the women’s centre, which provides a warm and safe place for families to relax and play. (Dads are allowed in when they’re with their family.)


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