In a nutshell...
WOODCARVER - PUPPET MAKER - ARTIST
…working in wood, dye, pencil and paint, stories, songs, myths and magic...
I began my creative adventures as a student in theatre design, occupying the space between the world of the visual arts and the world of theatre. Nearly ten years on I have worked as a prop maker, set designer, puppet maker, puppeteer and workshop leader.
Throughout this eclectic and busy time I have developed a passion and keen eye for puppetry and traditional craft. I first learnt the art of wood-carving whilst working for children’s puppetry company Puppetcraft, tutored by master puppet maker John Roberts (author of ‘How to carve a marionette’ and ‘Making simple marionettes’). In 2016 I formed my own puppet theatre company 'Wild Toy Theatre' and toured 'The Fisher-Knight's Tale', a story inspired by Devon’s wildlife.
Keen to practice my wood-carving (and a little knackered from wearing lots of professional ‘hats’) I took an extended break from theatre projects in 2018 and escaped to my studio. There I re-rooted my practice in what I love best - making beautiful things, inspired by nature. I developed my range of wood-carved jewellery and launched my online shop. In 2019 I became a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
As a woodcarver, the careful workmanship I have developed owes a great deal to a studied handling of tools and a good deal of patience, not to mention a dedicated eye for my subjects. By being in nature - walking the moorlands, fields and coastline of Devon - I take inspiration from animals, plants, birds and beasts in their natural habitats.
As a puppet maker, I owe a lot to good teachers, inspiring theatre companies and unforgettable stories. I stubbornly insist on carving in wood and keep my feet firmly in the realm of traditional craftsmanship.
As an artist, dreamer and persistent over-thinker, I take inspiration from the mythology, folklore and traditional tales of the British Isles and Europe.
I live with two musicians and a tortoiseshell cat in a cottage in rural Devon.
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