1st December 2010
Loosely roughing out forms
2nd December 2010
Developing detail, focusing on the mane and face. Paws are very tricky.
Liking the deranged expression.
Focusing on axe detail and flow of the mane
The Strawberry Flower crown and musculature
Cleaning up, undercutting and concentrating on catching light and shadow when lit from above
And here are the other two!
And here they are after I have installed them above the main entrance at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham.
I have removed and cleaned these delicate Medieval Alabaster panels, they are the consistency of soap.
No water can be applied when cleaning as Alabaster breaks down into Gypsum. when in contact with water.
They were moved from their original positions in the 19th century, the walls of Strawberry Hill were x-rayed to find their original 18th century niches.
I will re-install them in their proper place at a later date, when they will be distempered.
A small project, carved in French Limestone, inspired by the amazing carvings at Kilpeck church in Herefordshire where deranged and fantastic Pagan influenced carvings are mixed in with Christian ones.
These are original 18th century archival Cartoons which I am interpreting in order to work the three heraldic shields featured in them from clay. I will then carve them in Lime stone and install them above the main entrance at Strawberry Hill, you can see where they will be fixed in the cartoon top right.
These pictures show the mould making and production of papier mache repairs to the great gallery ceiling at Strawberry Hill Mansions.
We spent a long time experimenting with historic ingredients before achieving a mix which was strong light and flexible enough, lovely stuff like Allum, Shellac, Whiting and Rabbit Skin glue.
The papier machet is then painted and gilded
An enriched cornice modelled in clay, which will be cast in plaster and installed at Chatsworth House.
‘A banker in a strong wind’.
This is a clay sketch, my second Grotesque design, for St George’s Chapel Windsor.The first (the mouse with grafted human ear) is to be installed this year.If approved, he will join my first design and be carved in limestone and he will be installed next year.
This is me and my friend Will, You can see where i got the inspiration!
- Here he is further along the design process, he now has a combover, pin stripe suit and bowler hat, and is grasping a bank note in his hand.