I am a playful creative maker who has fallen in love with a very humble material: colourful, repurposed, industrial 44-gallon drums!
I came to New Zealand in 2004 from the Uk. With a background in Product & Furniture Design. I worked for Danske Mobler initially and then as a senior designer for David Trubridge here in the Hawke's Bay.
Since 2015, I have gone out on my own and I have learnt to weld and work with metal. I have designed and made pieces for both local councils. local organisations, restaurants, schools and art trails. These pieces range in scale from culinary sculptures to supreme award winner trophies to huge public sculptures. My work can also range from being very disciplined in design and construction to freely playing with materials and seeing where it takes me.
I am a playful, colourful creative maker. Where I can, I choose to be in the workshop and complete the making process myself. I actively bring in found materials if this fits the project as well as a consideration usage of new materials. I love bringing children's input or perspective into my work. A constant mindful approach to end user involvement is of great importance to me and also hopefully raise a smile or two!