Deadlines and Dead times 

As a self-employed artist, work is often either feast or famine. You tend to work solidly at something and then deliver it, and then find yourself lost with little to do, reaching for the next opportunity. These interludes in between work are a strange time, they appear full of promise as you approach them, but…

Impostor syndrome?

I have recently been reflecting on why it is that most artists I know belittle their own achievements, and worry they are not good enough. I have lost track of the number of conversations I have had about this with other makers who feel that they are not achieving enough, or worry they will be…

Residency

My final piece for the residency was a 9m tall self portrait sculpture drawing on the wall of the building I had been working in. Creating something this scale and this free was a wonderful end to a period of time spent trying to work out what was important for myself, my practice, and my…

La Grotte de Pech Merle

La Grotte de Pech Merle is a series of caves full of prehistoric cave paintings, dating from between 24,000 and 29,000 years ago. The drawings are truly incredible in their simple beauty, with a few lines describing the shape and movement of a buffalo, a mammoth, or a cow.   (These photos are from the…

Door knockers

Caylus is full of beautiful old houses with grand door knockers, and it has been such a beautifully sunny day today I thought I would go out and draw as many as I could find.

Caylus

For October and November 2017 I will be in Caylus for an artist residency with DrawInternational. I have been incredibly busy over the summer with various projects and my Master of Research final project so I am looking forward to drawing, relaxing, and producing some work which is solely for myself.

Pavilion: A Sketch

It is done! I recently installed my satirical pavilion in the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall, using the paintings by James Thornhill as a starting point. Thornhill had painted scenes from the life of Achilles on the walls and ceiling of the great hall, and had used contemporary celebrities for the faces of some of the…

Benches, a Love Seat and Railings

Due to be installed in Little Hollows, Chelmsford, at the end of April, I have made four benches, a love seat and some railings. Photos to follow, but this is a little sneak peek of the making process!

Teaching

As with any craft, one of the best things about being a blacksmith is being able to pass on techniques and skills to new people. It is a wonderful feeling to see someone leave after a day of work with a set of tongs made with their own hands, especially if they have come in…