Showing posts with label british art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label british art. Show all posts

Monday, 5 June 2017

New Hope, New Beginnings

NEW HOPE   NEW BEGINNINGS was originally going to be an Easter community engagement project, creating multiple soft personalised rings as a symbol of unity and shared endeavour, focusing on what 'hope' means to us as a community and as individuals (to counter the negativity and division fostered by events in 2016).

Once I started playing with materials, and reflecting on past practice, I realised that really I wanted to just make art of my own for a change and step back from engagement.  Claim a space for creative analysis and play (without any brief or funding criteria!). 

I have been developing proposals for a new body of work that will bring together key elements that I've used throughout my work, combining materials (hard/soft, transparent/perforated, textured/marked) in a process of layering using geometric forms. I aim to document the process photographically and hopefully work towards creating some relief panels, developing a new language that I can take into every aspect of my working practice, from public art to corporate commissions. 

Thursday, 6 June 2013


Exhibiting 'Garden Optics' at the Chelsea Fringe in the 'pop up' park at Battersea Power Station has been a wonderful opportunity to engage the public within this amazing venue.  People of all ages have been drawn to the large lenses, moving in, out and around the tripods to experience their vision bending effect on the surrounding landscape.  

In stark contrast to their original siting, magnifying the rich ground foliage of Hannah Peschar's beautiful Sculpture Garden, they come together to form an interesting new relationship to the iconic towers and evocative, decaying riverside cranes.  While the organic richness of the plant life that they focus upon, remains key to their purpose and character, this temporary post industrial setting has proven their versatility within a more architectural environment.

I am now designing an optic with multiple lenses, considering the different ways in which the public can interact with the optical elements as they create new and engaging perspectives of the surrounding landscape.

Monday, 6 February 2012


Having created a window graphic for Teddington health Centre in 2010 I was approached to design another graphic for one of the elderly patient wards in the main hospital building.   I chose to combine a bold, playful abstract drawing with a selection of intricate, handcrafted antique samplers, used for their homely associations and connection to the past.  The playful, rich detail of the design aimed to contrast the plain and sterile environment of the ward. 

While I had to work within quite a tight brief for the previous health centre graphic I took the risk of proposing a more abstract design for this commission. In the end they chose to select a more representational proposal.