I work with paper, cutting intricate designs by hand to create delicate, complex layers.
There are 2 quite different strands to my work which use this technique to create distinct visual outcomes.
The geological series explores pattern and colour in the landscape and natural world on a macro and micro level. Satellite imagery reveals beautiful colours and pattern in the landscape, both natural and man-made, and micro images of plants and natural objects often reveal surprisingly similar structures. I am especially interested in marks on the landscape created by natural forces such as flowing water, or scars created by human activities such as mining and farming; the shaping of our landscape over time.
The architectural series explores structure and light, focusing on traditional architecture as well as contemporary structures. By exploiting the qualities of cut and layered paper, the fall of light becomes central to the work and helps define the image.
I studied Visual Arts: Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts in London and have recently completed an MFA in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. I also have a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design.
I work from a studio in my home here in Headington, Oxford. After taking a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Bookes University in 1987 I graduated with a BA (Hons) at Central St. Martins, London, in Theatre Design in 1990. In the years since leaving college I have diversified into many different branches of Art. I now work as a theatre prop maker, sculptor, largely in papier mache, and illustrator of children’s books etc. I hope all my work is life enhancing and gives enjoyment. Creating Dogs has become a speciality. I receive many commissions to portray household pets and unusual animal favourites. I sell my work in galleries and shops, on the Internet and through my website. I have made various pieces for TV programs including B.B.C.’s Eastenders, for store catalogues and window displays, and for weddings and parties. My book “Paper Sculpture” was published by David and Charles in 2008. I want my work to be enjoyed and to be fun!
I design and make letters for a range of purposes – memorials, lettering for buildings and pavements, inscriptions to commemorate events; plaques, tablets and public art. I carve stone and slate and design letters for metal, wood and other materials. Each piece of work is the result of a sharing of ideas and possibilities. I try to make each inscription visually attractive using strong letterforms and sensitive design. I work in north Oxfordshire and on site throughout the UK. Visitors are always welcome to visit the workshop to see work in progress, and to discuss possible ideas. I read Ancient History in St Andrews and studied stone carving at Bath College. I’ve been awarded a Crafts Council Development Award and exhibit regularly.
I have worked with paper as a medium for some time whilst running a creative design company and have been commissioned to produce paper sculptures for display work and other promotions. I now focus on using the medium to express my own ideas. I have demonstrated paper sculpture in John Lewis and other venues and have recently started doing workshops. Ten years ago I took up woodcarving, my first projects were figurative abstracts, I then went on to explore simple abstract forms using various woods. I acquired a lathe to assist with wood carving but soon got into the world of turning bowls and pots. This led me to experiment with recycling materials such as old magazines, plastic signs and other materials that bond together and can be turned. I have also done some stone carving from time to time. When I work in stone I often develop forms previously worked in wood. I find it stimulating alternating these different media, although the disciplines are different, ideas can be carried across from one to another.
2013 ( Fletcher) Prize
The Prize is given by Helen Hardy in memory of her late father Antony Smith. The award is given for work exhibited at the annual Woodstock Exhibition, judged by Helen Hardy, Joanna Foster CBE, OCG President and past Chair of Crafts Council, and Carol Anderson, Oxfordshire Museum Curator.
The 2103 prize-winning bowl is made from recycled material, magazines, coloured paper and plywood.
The 2018 prize, named in honour of Audrey Blackman, was awarded for another piece, a yellow and gray bowl made from recycled Corian.