My process is simple and small-scale. All my illustrations start life as a blank recycled board and a selection of discarded magazines, junk mail, advertising leaflets, ruined books and any other type of unwanted paper. Working from a photograph or imagination, I will then hand collage my image, building carefully sized pieces of paper up in layers. My simple but vital tools are a cutting board, scalpel knife, ruler, small scissors and glue stick.
I spend my time split between commission-based work and creating collections to be sold as prints and on products. Buildings that have sentimental value to the client inspire the commission requests I receive, such as old/new homes or wedding venues. House Portrait commissions are very popular and I have run workshops guiding people to try their hand at creating their own. I am also in the process of launching a wedding stationery collection with a very talented friend…watch this space!
My latest collection is inspired by a recent trip to New York, a city I have always had an obsession with. I describe New York as an architectural banquet laid out before you; every building is unique and fighting for space amongst its towering competition. I am enjoying pushing my practice and expanding my studies outside of Norwich. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to be involved with the Wildfire project. I am always keen to explore new places and investigate their visual identity. I am interested in looking at the hidden or forgotten places of these British cities and perhaps re-igniting an old memory or inspiring the creation of a new one. I am interested in the journey of the Wildfire project, perhaps finding something to connect each location or to gain a better understanding of the similarities and differences across the UK. I think that Wildfire is an exciting new project that has heaps of potential for upcoming artists and art-admirers. I am happy to be challenging myself to be making new work for each pop-up and looking forward to seeing what this opportunity brings.