Artist of the month!

I have appeared in the lovely Reflections magazine as ‘artist of the month’ for December. Reflections is a well established lifestyle publication covering Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Bird sculpture commissions

I new inspiration has occurred for me. Metal bird sculpture has become my speciality and is attracting commissions. It has been exciting to develop unusual techniques in metal smithing to create these bird characters, which seem to come alive as they near completion.

Hero’s Engine Works is going live!

Following a year of developing the workshop into a fully equipped making space and completing several commissions, I now feel ready to offer my design and making services to the world. I hope to be adding links to the usual social media sites and updating with work, news and images as they are generated on […]

The Helios project

A sonification installation of visceral beauty, power and rhythm. This is an idea I have wanted to do for some time and was realised as an ‘Enchanted Parks’, Gateshead commission at the end of 2014 with great response.  This monumental piece of laboratory equipment represents a curved slice of the sun animated with flame. Adapted for […]

New characters for the Prometheus installation

Following a small hiatus with the tweaking and finessing planned for Prometheus’ Garden, I am now designing new machine follies to add to the installation. Much thought has been devoted to the future manifestation of this project,  how it mutates from the original performance showcase with its traditional narrative line, how the idea of an […]

Prometheus evaluation

Overall, the projects development and performance execution went very well, raising some important questions and discoveries regarding collaboration and rehearsing schedules. Several useful discoveries were made as to the blending of traditional theatre practice and the creation of outdoor spectacle and performance, in combination with heavy use of faux industrial machinery inspired by the 19th […]

The Prometheus setup and tryout show

Many thanks to all of you who attended the first Prometheus Garden performance. Despite a limited budget and rehearsal time and the help of fantastic weather the show was a great success with many aspects of the production identified for further development and tweaking. We have had enthusiastic expressions of interest for next years festival […]

Prometheus’ Garden final preparation

The show is finally complete. All music, lighting, Midi, pyrotechnic and performer cues are finished and the sculptures and set are painted and tested. We are now looking forward to good weather and a big audience for this unique and exciting premiere performance. Prometheus’ Garden is an exciting world premiere combining giant mechanical sculptures, fireworks, […]

The making of the Tattooed Truck

The Tattooed Truck was such a labour of love and took the best part of two years to complete, in between other projects that I feel it needs a place within this Blog. Inspired by vintage Showman vehicles and our pyro/video shows, such as Pyromancy, we decided to build a vehicle front of house for […]