Polystyrene relief printmaking

Polystyrene relief printmaking

 Cardboard sculpture

Cardboard sculpture

 Polystyrene relief printmaking at Maker Faire

Polystyrene relief printmaking at Maker Faire

 Making vegetable paper the ancient Egyptian way

Making vegetable paper the ancient Egyptian way

 Making "clay tablets" with cuneiform script on salt dough at Maker Faire

Making "clay tablets" with cuneiform script on salt dough at Maker Faire

Part of a series of works produced with Anton Hecht exploring participatory arts. I built the hands from American black walnut with brass and leather fittings.

A work produced with Equal Arts as part of their creative age challenge. Participants planned a full shoot to re-enact parts from their favourite films, they made props and costumes, storyboarded scenes, and acted them out with help from the local primary school.

 The participants of the Wizard of Us project with Equal Arts

The participants of the Wizard of Us project with Equal Arts

The following photos document Out of the Box, an Arts Council England funded participatory arts programme managed and delivered in partnership with ceramics artist Judith Davies. The aim of Out of the Box was to open discussions with several youth groups living across Gateshead about how they would like to live, what they would change about their areas, and what was most important to them in a community.

 Discussing individuals needs and wants, and making initial building plans

Discussing individuals needs and wants, and making initial building plans

 Building homes with paper porcelain

Building homes with paper porcelain

 developing the plans into real blueprints (or cyanotypes) using a chemical solution

developing the plans into real blueprints (or cyanotypes) using a chemical solution

 Building homes with paper porcelain

Building homes with paper porcelain

 The final work on display in Gateshead town centre, each of the houses is fitted with an LED so it glows at night

The final work on display in Gateshead town centre, each of the houses is fitted with an LED so it glows at night

Another project working with Anton Hecht, producing an animation for Aberystwyth arts centre

 Visitors to the Life Science centre designing alien masks

Visitors to the Life Science centre designing alien masks

The following images document the Set The Sails project, a participatory arts programme produced by The Cultural Spring leading up to the arrival of the Tall Ships fleet in 2018. I worked with 2 community groups over 6 months to experiment with techniques of ship building and propulsion, and supported each group to build their own model ships to be displayed in Sunderland city centre in both a Tall Ships parade and an project exhibit.

 Making clinker-built foy boats using wood laminate

Making clinker-built foy boats using wood laminate

 Our Egyptian "reed" boats made from deconstructed table matts

Our Egyptian "reed" boats made from deconstructed table matts

 Testing out various sail shapes with a large fan

Testing out various sail shapes with a large fan

Our pop-pop steam boats powered by a tea light

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While the youth group decided to build individual boats from recycled materials working from plans and mood boards they drew up themselves, the church group opted for a more ambitious approach!

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The St Mark’s group leading their magnificent longboat through Sunderland city centre to the Tall Ship’s parade

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Left: The Rolla Lampa, made in collaboration with Gabriel, aged 8.

Below: Bubble Hat, made in collaboration with Ryan, aged 8.

These makes were a part of the Little Inventors programme, now working internationally to inspire the next generation of makers.

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