Paper-Cuts

    I'm getting more and more interested in paper-cuts lately.  I like the fact that the artwork is still pretty much two-dimensional, but is very much intertwined with the space around it, and that is  the thing I like playing with. The artwork above (titled Complex Beech) was initially made for 'Cut', a show at Electric Angel Gallery, and has also since been exhibited at The Old Parcels Office - a wonderful soon-to-be artist studio complex at Scarborough Railway Station. The space has had a new roof and has enormous skylights, but the…Read more

Destination Cheshire

Not long since, I made a very enjoyable road trip to visit a client in Cheshire, which took me right through the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District. Whilst inspired by the opportunity to explore a trace of the beautiful national park, chiefly I went to cast an eye on how the double-glazed units that I'd designed, now look in situ, and was really happy with the outcome. A private residence commission, the design brief was to create original glass panes which would provide privacy for a bathroom and a front door panel, with the client particularly expressing…Read more

La Lanterna

    La Lanterna restaurant is not only one of the best examples of Italian cuisine in the region but also one of the finest in the country; Italian daily newspaper La Stampa even dared to label it ‘the English temple of Italian cuisine’. So, I was honoured when owner and head chef, Giorgio Alessio, and his interior designer Jan Bee Brown (also a distinguished artist and theatre designer) asked me to help play a part in the refurbishing of his restaurant by designing some glass panels. With La Lanterna now back in full swing—I…Read more

West Offices | Part Two

  Now that the City of York County Council team, are well and truly settled in their new West Offices HQ, I want to share with you a little more about the big screen I was commissioned to create for their new handsome old railway station dwelling. The site-specific artwork, which is a blend of sandblasted and mirrored glass, was designed to act as a screen which can help separate the customer services area and private offices. To create the design, hand drawn tracings were made from contemporary and historic OS maps of…Read more

Art At The Lodge

I'm enjoying the blossoming trend of the 'Open Studios' which have been sweeping the nation over the last few years; and particularly admire the opportunities each provide for artists to reach a wider and alternative audience. Not only do we get a rare glimpse into the creative environment—we often get to view some of the artwork lovingly placed in a home setting—as opposed to gallery walls. So, with that logic and a desire to have a wee seasonal celebration ..I've decided to host an open house weekend during the early winter, and have…Read more