Sculpture

 

Throughout my life I have experimented with all sorts of materials to create items of interest for both garden design and sometimes just to see what I can do. Some of this has led to commissions, including from the Make||Sound festival (Leicester) and the University of Birmingham. 

 

A collaboration with sound designer Peter Batchelor, this is a multichannel sound installation designed to encourage closer listening to the environment. Three domes were produced, each for a different context and presenting different sound materials.

 

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I kept the trunks of several tree ferns which I lost during the severe winter of 2009-10, and over the subsequent few years carved them to produce ornamental sculptures for some of my garden designs.

 

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I constructed a series of small castles made from just bamboo and jute twine as plant supports for . Several of these were brought by a neighbour who used them in fairy tale display at the bottom of her garden to entertain her grandchildren. 

 

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After early experiments working with bars of soap (which proved too brittle), I started carving candles shortly after I left school. I specialise in castles, with intricate towers, buttresses and staircases that can be followed from base to turret, often through doors and tunnels. 

 

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I have always been fascinated with the fibre-optic properties of selenite, and having acquired some offcuts, I explored their potential in a variety of designs. 

 

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