Thursday, 23 May 2019
The Chelsea Fringe is a garden festival in London which is run in parallel with the Chelsea Flower Show. It's so great to see these projects and small havens within the city. This tiny plot was absolutely covered in bees. Great projects and wonderful people involved from all fields, disciplines and backgrounds.
Friday, 1 February 2019
Friday, 25 January 2019
I went to the final week of the Anni Albers show at Tate Modern this week. The weaving was really interesting, particularly the line quality of the threads and the human elements of the making; as you know if you are a regular reader of my blog or follower of my work this is one of my greatest pleasures in looking/ listening and appreciating work and objects in the digital age we live and work in. As much as I enjoyed the work I found myself further interested in the looms and it took me back to the photos and drawings I made with the kind help of London Cloth Company. These manual machines are works of art in themselves and a pleasure to look at.
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Friday, 11 January 2019
I've been thinking a lot about why I like to draw tools and machinery. People around me support my love for mechanics and techniques of making but often are amused by it. My father (ex pattern maker) continues to have lengthy phone calls with me about tools and makers techniques in the same way he taught me when I was young. I've always been influenced by these things but its nice to remember that my grandfather (unintentionally) formalised my appreciation of the human elements to these objects we take for the everyday. His passing spurred on a labour of love that continues today in my work.
and thanks dad for consistently teaching me and expecting me to fix things.
Here's a photo of my Grandad (left) on a battleship in world war two training and working as an engineer. I am the first generation in over 100 years not to be in metal work from blacksmiths to farriers to pattern makers and engineers. We still miss you but I think you'd like how my illustration practice turned out.