Archive for September, 2010

Play is not just for kids

Monday, September 20th, 2010

No apologies in stating that play is not just for kids, in fact we can learn a lot from children and the way they test and take risks, through playfulness. This ‘experiment’ is an example of how I play in my studio and then reflect and question as a way to learn from the experience.

The Buzz

Monday, September 20th, 2010

When The Buzz arcade in Coventry City Centre closed about a year ago, a friend of mine Alex was helping the owner with the clear out – he invited me around for a nosy and of course I could not refuse. The arcade was decorated as a homage to Christmas all year round, so there was all sorts of ‘stuff’, which the owner said I could help myself to. Coventry people are incredibly generous and open to possibillities. I took photos and tried my best to be selective in my choice of objects to take back to the studio. I took away a selection of plastic Happy Millenium signs, christmas decorations, a plastic angel which plays music, machine reels and buttons and a flashing sign. The above image is a juxtaposition of two of the objects, which I have also filmed in motion.

Circular Reflection

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010


I completed this sketchbook based work in the last week. Using reflective material enables me to explore an everchanging, time based experience.

Lines, Lines, Lines

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

This work marks the earlier phase of the House of Lines work, which I began in my previous studio space and reworked in my new one. It was a breakthrough when I began to group and classify my work, suddenly it became apparent that lines were inherently of interest to me – straight, crossed, scrambled and what happens when a line is no longer a line…

The Moment

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Drawing my Dreams

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Drawing with your eyes closed is a technique I tend to encourage others to use, in particular in response to touch, e.g touching your face and drawing the shapes you feel – this can be a real challange. The idea enables people to experiment with the process of drawing and discover it for themselves.

Recently I have applied this to the process of reflecting on my most significant dreams. I have found the process particularly potent in capturing the visual interpretation of the sequence of activity and the later recollection of this.