In the past few days Daniel (Lasercut Works), Gareth (Sticky Cut Prints) and my self (Scales & Models) have collectively been working on transforming the front space of the Arch into an art gallery space. We have named it the "Arch Collective"! This is a partnership project which is being funded by each of our separate companies, together we've come up with this art gallery space to hopefully bring some much needed colour into the Bermondsey area.
This business as a "collective" concept started early in 2012 and finally it's all coming to fruition, it's very exciting to see the progress and I can't wait to see it all polished up now! Nearly there, just a few more hard working days to go..
The "Arch Collective" Gallery should hopefully become a positive influence to Bermondsey's bright future ahead and all together encourage a more creative environment to SE16! 12 Raymouth Road already offers creative services such as sculpting, prototyping, prop making, architectural model making, laser cutting, vinyl printing, posters, banners...... and very, very soon it will also be offering an art gallery space!
This has to be one of my most interesting and challenging projects to date. From the amazing opportunity to getting involved with the awesomely talented and inspiring musician/artist, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur..). To the crazy "open" brief they presented to me, the medium to be used and the uncertainty of it all! I really had no idea what it would look like until it was finished... And that is very fun! Kinda scary.. But fun!
At the start the brief was to make a matt black owl, possibly made of tyres and it needed to have backlit red eyes on a dimmer... and that was it! That was all I had to work with.
The concept of tyres did concern me slightly, though I highly encouraged the idea and I proposed to use bicycle tyres considering the scale I would be working on. They really loved the idea of using bicycle tyres, specially as Damon actually cycles around London sometimes. I found out that Damon uses a local bike shop in London that he has been going to for many years. That shop was my starting point to go and pick up some old tyres and inner tubes. They were very helpful and promptly arranged to send me a box full of juicy stuff for me to use on the owl!
This piece should have taken me about "6 weeks" of work, though I had to squeeze it all into 3 very long and intense manic weeks instead. I nearly collapsed by the end, but it was all worth while!! It was a pleasure to see Damon and everyone else pleased with the final result. Specially since the brief was so vague.. they did put a lot of trust in my hands. And I very much enjoyed the creative freedom I was offered! I could really get used to this..
- Kwestral will be "aired" for the first time at Damon's performance with Bobby Womack for the New Years Eve Hootenanny show on BBC2, hosted by Jools Holland. Check him out!!
Recently completed a commission job for Absolut Vodka.
Watch this space.. More on this one project soon!
London Design Festival Brompton Design District September 2012 17-09-12
Collaboration with Kirsty Minns. The brief included an image of Vera eating some candy floss by the sea side in Brighton. Kirsty handed to me a ceramic pot made by another artisan and requested to have a pot handle made to resemble the typical sea side colourful candy that is usually sold by the coasts of the UK. Colourful and swirly..
Recently worked on a commission job for Markenfilm Crossing, one of.. If not the largest film production for advertising in Germany, based in Hamburg. The work is currently confidential so obviosly I can't show anything here. But a very interesting project indeed and lovely people working in the team. I worked more closely with UK based director Thomas Krygier and German based producer Christine-Marie Gardeweg.
I hope we can work again in the future making some more exciting and cool looking tv props!