Saturday, 1 June 2013

Back to the blog

It really has been too long since I have contributed anything to this page.
In an attempt to redeem myself, here is some new work

Here are some banisters I designed, that currently reside in a gorgeous house in Austin, Texas
The wood is lazer cut, and then hand painted.

do not copy

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas comes early

Christmas requires some forward planning.  Getting excited about Christmas can start at really any point in the year, but filming Christmas commercials happens as early as July.
Luckily there are specialty prop houses, and the odd 99 cent store which will indulge in a little premature decor stocking.
This is how christmas looked in September

Friday, 2 December 2011

The cafe at the V&A

One of my favourite museums contains one of my favourite spaces of all time - the cafe at the V&A.
The atmosphere in this main room is one of an exciting past, willingly existing in a carefully modernised present.
The Morris, Gamble and Poynter rooms, were intended as a "showpiece of modern design, craftsmanship and manufacturing".
The food is pretty good too - so this is a hard place to leave.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

I drew on you . . . . . . permanently this time

A few weeks ago my other half took a big step. He had one of my designs tattooed on his arm!

I mean, your nearest and dearest are plagued with the job of oohing, aaahing and painstakingly carefully half critiquing your every scribble. But this has to be the most extreme praise ever received! 

The artist was the very talented Matthew Powell of Clandestine Rabbit Tattoo Studio

Power of Making at the V&A

I am visiting home, and just saw the 'Power of Making' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert with my lovely friend Chrisitiane who was visiting from Germany.
We had an adventurous day in town planned, but once we were in the V&A we couldn't leave! In my opinion, it is the best museum in London chronicling important aspects of the decorative arts.

This particular exhibition displays some wonderfully crafted items, including spray on clothing, wild Ghanaian coffins, intricately carved furniture, a giant length of knitting, a diamond encrusted bike and 3D plastic printers.
Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside the exhibition, but this guy made of wire coat hangers is on the peripheries and demanded having his picture taken
Well worth a visit.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Working at the beach

Working at the beach ain't half bad - beautiful views, clean air and some damn good exercise!
Three days in a row - a different spot along the Malibu stretch of the pacific coast highway each day - magnificent.

This was the view from our 'office'

and then the sky bid us adieu in a pretty spectacular way

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Collaboration with Metropolis on a Pedego Electric Bike

A few months ago I worked with the lovely people at Metropolis bikes on Lankershim in North Hollywood, on creating a custom painted Pedego bike. 
The structure of the bike is a beautiful mint green and white, and the aim was to create a feminine, flowing unique pattern across the fenders, steering column and chain guard.
Metropolis is not your regular bike shop. It is bursting with colourful art, hand crafted goods and inspired people!
Other collaborators include Blondie Kustom, who creates immaculate, detailed pin striping work, and Ngene whose layered and energetic painting style also wraps itself around a bike or two.