Each piece is carefully modelled and painted by hand. Resin is often used to encapsulate the tiny objects I make, this is then sanded repeatedly and finally polished to give a glass clear view into another world. For pieces which are currently available, please check shop section.
'Wolf and girl in the snow' brooch, 2016
'Horns' hand painted wooden brooch 2016
'Two is for joy' resin brooch, pair of magpies with diamante studs 2014
I work in a variety of media, often using folklore and the natural world as inspiration.
'Found on a walk' mixed media collage, 2016
'The Death and Burial of Cock Robin' graphite and watercolour, 2015
'Lost on a walk' mixed media collage, 2016
Dioramas and Automata
'Bear' (detail) mixed media sculpture in glass dome, private collection
'Dove' automaton, one of a series based on the nursery rhyme 'The Death & Burial of Cock Robin', private collection
Much of the work I make is concerned with storytelling, through collections of objects and drawings.
In two seperate research projects undertaken over the past decade, I have sought to explore the potential relationship between imagery and object in book form.
The first project, 'A Miscellany of Automata' culminated in a small editioned catalogue which documented a series of automata made in response to a local landmark.
Whilst studying Sequential Design/ Illustration at Masters level led to a second, hand bound book entitled 'Harbour'.
From top right;
'To the sea' charcoal drawing, 2012
'Harbour' handbound book
Various illustrations from 'Harbour'
I undertake commissions ranging from automata for public display to 'Memento Mori' jewellery for private clients.
Top: preliminary design sketch for a commissioned automata
Bottom: 'Spring Heeled Jack' a large scale marionette created for the Jeffrey West showroom in Northampton.
I have experience of running workshops in a range of settings, from galleries and museums to schools and colleges with both children and adults.
As an associate lecturer in a higher education institution, I regularly work on the drawing program of a Foundation Diploma alongside Animation and Illustration students.
I am able to offer one-to-one tuition to those wishing to improve their drawing skills and can tailor broader craft based workshops for small groups. Please use the email form in the contact section if you would like more details.
*NEWS* In 2018 I will be running two short courses; Storytelling through Automata at West Dean College, Sussex. Please see their website for further details.