Thursday, 29 September 2011

Unicorns in the gallery.

Made entirely from recycled materials. These explore the idea that waste material can be transformed, as if by magic, into something beautiful. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2011


On display at Debut Contemporary, Notting Hill. Exhibition opening tonight!

Excuse the blurry phone pics, my camera has died but I just wanted to get some images up :) I'm so proud of this, he's sort of the polar opposite of the Rats, I wanted to make something so 'rare' (ha) and perfect (despite the contradictions of that word)... and here he is!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Horse Scales

From left to right-

MDF test

Clear acrylic Pegasus
White acrylic Unicorn
Reclaimed flooring 'real' Horse

Person inc for scale

And a realistically sized horse, which would be entirely possible given enough 25mm-thick material... I'd LOVE to make an enormous one...

Monday, 25 July 2011

Latest 'Horse' model.

Still needs work, tweaks, adjustments etc, but I'm really quite pleased with it at this stage :)

I think I'll have the template horse down within the next few days, fingers crossed I can get some Laser appointments! Then I aim to make subtle changes to each one I get cut, differently shaped bodies and faces to give them each individual character.

I also want to make a VERY limited run of Unicorns and/or Pegasus' with the remaining white and clear Acrylic. The rest will be normal horses made with reclaimed laminate flooring and other wood-type materials.

Friday, 22 July 2011

The Mane.t

This was one of my main (pardon the pun) concerns... It worked logically in my head, but it's such a relief to see it working on the model!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Horse- first test!

Really pleased with this, as a first go! Needs adjusting in a few places, but overall I like how it's working :D
Yes, the photos are on a train (on my way to London about a gallery/company called Debut Contemporary interested in my work...exciting!)

Monday, 18 July 2011

 Latest image of how the Horse is going to look. Similarly to the rat, the layers are differently shaped (the best way to explain it is that it's like contour-lines on a map) so it has a more curved shape in 3D, instead of a solid block. First laser cutting is on Wednesday 20th, really looking forward to seeing how the layers work together... you can get it quite close in Google Sketchup, but nothing beats actually handling it in real life to see what adjustments need to be made... Want it done quickly as I'm going down to London for a face-to-face meeting with a gallery down there! Very very excited and hopeful, but even if nothing more comes of it I'll still be really flattered to have been selected in the first place!

 And this is the first mock-up of the Pig I've had on the boil (so to speak!) for a while, it's a much simpler design than the Rat or Horse, but still quite effectively 'Piggy' I think :D Think they will interact quite nicely together as a herd, maybe get a little trough and a fence...I'm such a child...haha :D

Monday, 4 July 2011

Contoured shapes of horse.

 Showing contoured shapes of the head, imposed over a real horse for realism and accuracy.
Full body contours. All limbs tucked to their extremities as this is how the shapes are cut. 

I'd like to (once the basic shape is done and cutting fine) to have four or five subtly different shaped heads/bodies/legs to imitate different breeds and types of horse, and give the 'herd' variation... :) 

Going to try and get a test-cut done on cardboard down here in Laaandaaan Town, as I've found a self-service laser cutting company up near Islington... Really looking forward to seeing a proper 3D version of the horse, it still feels a little bit like magic, watching my drawings come to life... :D 

Thursday, 30 June 2011

New Designers

Well, the first public day was today, thoroughly enjoyed myself! After feeling a little shy at the beginning I realised that I do know (and can talk about) a lot of Ratty-based chit-chat :)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Further work on the Horse.

Arch & stretch of the neck.
Mouth open & close

Few basic poses...

Professional photos of my Degree Show

After a hectic weekend of celebrating/taking parental around show/visiting relatives/more parties and finally show-taking-down, I managed to get around to looking at the cd Ralph dropped off for me, with all my pictures in... totally blown away, they really capture everything about the Rats I wanted to...

Here's just a few, the rest are here on my Facebook Page :) 

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Articulating neck...

Neck Movements

I can't decide if it (the neck) is a touch too long... side by side with IRL horse images it looks right... but then...I dunno...
Real version printed out to be played with, then tweaked... then printed out again, then twaeked again until every shape is perfect.

I love working in vectors... Sometimes, after a few hours on a pc, I feel like I've disappeared completely into a vector-land where everything can be tweaked and rotated, stroked and scaled... It's a little worrying that I dream in Illustrator commands... A real-life ctrl-z would be amazing... as would a ctrl-c-ctrl-v... with cake and stuff...

Industry Private View tonight!! Very excited. I considered dressing up quite-posh-like...but I have blue dreadlocks & matching eyebrows... I'm not going to be convincing anyone I'm a sophisticated fashonista type. So I'm wearing a dress with stars and planets on :)

And the amazingly talented Mr Ralph Barklam came and took a load of photos of the show for me! His Facebook! They looked amazing on the camera display, really capturing their sneaky little chaRATchters ;P

Also, picked up my Pig-Bits from the studio, so will assemble them and put a few in the shop for the last few days, otherwise they'll be up on my Etsy shop soon enough.

I think that's quite enough for now... :)

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Beginnings of a Horse...

Having had a few days for the harsh reality of finishing to sink in, I find myself getting overly excited about the start of the next design... I kinda want to make him a Pegasus, a Unicorn... something magical and mythical and beautiful...all from old recycled stuff...but will start off with Horse I think... 

First few sketches... now begins hours of watching videos of horses, getting movements right, working out best places for pivots, moving lines millimetres... then the start of cardboard models, layers, widths, depths, balance... then perfecting the drawings...then first laser cuttings... it's a long process...but I absolutely love it.

It's kinda leading on from a project I already did, in my first year... which at the time I was really proud of, but now I only see the mistakes... SO, with changes, and all that I've learned...I'm going to make a better one... arching neck....using laser-cutting...layering instead of carving...being more honest with articulation & pivots... using reclaimed stuff... yes. I'm looking forward to seeing this herd...

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Degree Show!

It's up now, open to the public, until the 12th June in The Atrium, Bonington Building, Nottingham Trent University. Keep an eye out for escaped Ratties around the room... ;P 

I'm so proud of myself, I've truly never worked harder on anything in my life, so this feels like such an achievement, whatever grade I eventually get! The feedback from strangers & friends alike has all been so positive, means such a lot to hear other people appreciate the time, effort and thought that has gone into making them. 

They are for sale, (three have already got homes lined up) but won't be available until mid July, after potentially exhibiting at New Designers (EVERYTHING crossed that I get chosen to go!). Prices are between £60 and £200, so it really depends on the one that's wanted :) 

Hopefully getting professional photographs of each Rat individually done & up soon, my camera skillz are sorely lacking, and I don't feel mine really capture their spirits...

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Show is up!

It's difficult to photograph the whole thing as there is a board close behind... but this is what it looks like :)