Commissioned in 2015 by Aardman Animations for ‘Shaun in the city’, a public art trail taking place in Bristol and London, also celebrating the launch of the new movie. The design was inspired by the texture and volume of Shaun’s fleece as well as his colourful character. The fleece was covered in 16,500 glass droplets which resembled smarties and the face and legs in thousands of classic black mosaic tiles. As everyone’s favourite smartie tends to be orange, I added a pop of vibrant orange detail. The design was sponsored by Hargreaves Lansdown and was located outside their offices in Bristol for the duration of the trail. I also got to design the masthead for the Bristol Post, a first for me! Named ‘Dolly’, it picked up an award for ‘best fleece’ and the sculpture went onto sell at auction for £8,500.
Gedling Borough Council wanted to celebrate the twinning history between Gedling and Vanoeuvre Les Nancy in France. They commissioned a mosaic of the crest to feature in one of their raised beds in the twinning garden at Arnot Hill park, Nottinghamshire. The stone base was cut specifically to fit and match the existing stonework in the raised wall bed.
Feature floor mosaic commissioned by Maber Architects and The Gelder Group for Newark fire station. This 1m x 1 m mosaic of the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service logo was made using the indirect method of mosaic. This is the traditional Italian method of making a mosaic in reverse on brown paper and results in a completely flat surface ideal for flooring. It is also ideal for large scale mosaics, enabling the mosaic to be made in sections in the studio before installing on site. The mosaic is not revealed until set in cement and the paper peeled off which can be a little stressful! I enlisted the help of professional mosaic installer Bruno Pusateri to install the mosaic in the reception area of the fire station as the mosaic needed to be smooth and level to the surrounding ceramic tile.
In 2013 I was selected from more than 500 International artists to individually create a sculpture of the popular Wallace and Gromit character for Aardman Animations. 70 sculpture designs were chosen, many by well known artists including Raymond Briggs, Axel Scheffler, Sir Peter Blake, and Pauls Smith to name but a few.
My design was inspired by the golden Buddhas in Thailand and also the 2012 Olympics when post boxes were painted in gold in the hometowns of medal winning athletes. I wanted to create something highly decorative with a prestigious feel and there’s something special about the colour gold! Mosaic is a tactile medium, I wanted to encourage people’s instincts to touch the work and explore the detail and sense of movement. I used over 10,000 pieces of mosaic pieces and 3 different types of gold coloured glass to create an abstract design with pattern and movement. There are 1000 pieces alone in the gold mirror studded collar!
Golden Gromit was in situ outside the Victoria Rooms in Bristol for 10 weeks, was used on the cover of the official marketing brochures and went onto sell at auction for £30,000 raising funds for the Grand Appeal Charity, Bristol children’s hospital.