For me, the success or failure of a project is determined by the quality of experience.
I have found that providing creative opportunities and shared creative experiences always yields interesting and unexpected outcomes.
I am constantly on the lookout for new ventures…
I am currently working in collaboration with Leftcoast and Showtown Blackpool on the 2020/2021 Get Dancing community dance project.
My role involves all brand design and the production of all marketing graphics including an augmented reality dance tutorial component. The project culminates in a dance performance in October 2021 on Blackpool promenade.
I have worked with Blackpool based House of Wingz for a number of years on a wide variety of projects. These have included community events, dance productions and arts festivals.
The large portfolio of work I have created has included print media, online content and animated projection graphics.
The ‘Anon’ community arts project is fine art therapy group with numerous exhibitions of resolved artworks. The participants are Fleetwood based and generally in the process of recovery from mental health issues or addiction.
I really enjoyed the time spent with the group and took great pride from seeing them benefit from our guidance.
For 'Lightpool 2018' I was asked to produce a projection to accompany a dance performance (House of Wingz) on the Comedy Carpet opposite Blackpool Tower.
The theme was a tour of the evolution of light and would be projected in large scale on the front of the Tower building. Incredibly tight turn around but we pulled it off.
I was offered the opportunity to produce live art for The Swallows charity conference. This was a two day event and I was given free reign to interpret the experience in any way I chose
Absolutely terrifying but ultimately massively rewarding – I’d love to do more of this.
Blackpool based small scale interventions exploring the human potential found in the liminality of town and the resilient youth who dwell in the "left behind".
Plaster, resin, alginate and a bajillion hours.
This project also allowed me to experiment with target image led augmented reality.
As a reaction to the restrictive parameters of commissioned art assignments, this project explores the importance of risk taking and the location of artistic value and merit.
No mention of impact or influence. No thought of skill or concept. No consideration of emotional connection. When we measure artistic value with a binary checklist and the figures on a spreadsheet – I believe we all fail to excel.
I have approximately 15 years’ experience as a digital designer. This has included web based design , print media, CAD modelling and digital art production.
Although I primarily use the Adobe Creative Suite I often use 3D modelling software (Blender) or animation packages such as ToonBoom. I have also produced a number of illustration products.
My various studio projects include works in sculpture, painting, drawing and appropriated materials.
I generally regard my studio practice as way of developing my skills and tend not to produce ‘commercial’ artwork for sale.
Collaborative exercise exploring the perceived duality of Blackpool - Photography and mixed media.
Final works shown during a symposium presentation discussing the Leftcoast B-side to the Seaside project.
Critical thinking plays a large part of my creative process.
Between long periods staring at a wall I try to put pen to paper.
Generally early hour ramblings...
Sketchbooking is a massive part of my creative process.
Sometimes they are just good to look through when things aren't quite happening.