When the famous painting was on loan to Glasgow for its 'James Whistler Festival' the organisers wanted to make it a focus of their marketing campaign and asked Mischief La-Bas to become involved in reaching the public directly.

The result was not only a live recreation of the figure for press photo shoots, but also the creation of a whole gang of Whistler's Mothers who were sited in shop windows and on the streets not only in Glasgow, but in Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Aberdeen. The public were invited to spot the 'Mothers' as a 'Have you seen my Mum?' campaign, and report sightings to Museum Guard characters and even 'James Whistler' himself, in return for (you guessed it) a plastic whistle.