Forging ahead

Working on a brief to provide unique awards for a ceremony at The London Film Museum meant working with Andy Hopper, a sculptor situated in the New Forest. I went to visit him at his rural workshop and marvelled at the amazing quality and standard of his work. He’s now underway making these awards, which will be limited edition art, each stamped with a unique signature. I can’t wait to see them handed out on the night!

blacksmith artist


Sand sculptures

On a recent scuba diving trip to the Maldives, I was taken by the creative talent of the Maldivian and Sri Lankan boat crew. Here they are making manta ray and whale shark sand sculptures on a tiny deserted island.

sand sculptures


Magical medieval maze



If you ever fancy a colourful trip back in time then this place is for you. Situated on the west bank of the Saône river, the medieval part of Lyon (Vieux Lyon) is made up of buildings that date from the Renaissance period and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unspoilt cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden passages give you a real sense of being transported back to another era. If you are into puppets then Musée Gadagne houses a world collection – the best exhibition I’ve been to in ages.

A feast for the eyes

You really have to look twice at this incredible picture. It’s not a model, sculpture or photoshopped image. Seedsman Greg Schoen of The Seeds Trust got this ‘Glass Gems’ corn from his ‘corn-teacher’, a part Cherokee man in his 80s.



Hidden gems

I can’t believe I’ve never noticed these before. Tucked behind the seafront at Boscombe, Bournemouth are these brilliant public sculptures. Designed by Dorset artist Andy Kirkby, all seven sculptures feature a blue glow at night and are made from materials including bronze, copper and cast iron.

beach sculptures


Stop. Look closer.

This is sand seen under a 250x microscope!




Shout out

To Lisa at Lost Plots –  Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Creator of Hand Crafted Curiosities.



Model student

My brother’s collection of puppets, which he made while studying 3D Animation Technology at Staffordshire University, are bursting with detail.




Going wild



The Craft Village was only a sliver of Wilderness, a sprawling festival in Oxford celebrating the arts and outdoors. You could try skills such as silversmithing, stone masonary, felt making and loads more unusual crafts. I spotted this serpent skimming through the field with turtle friend in tow.

Paper mache monsters




What originally started off as a Basking Shark spotting trip down on the south tip of Cornwall turned into a surprise weekend of colourful events as the annual Golowan Pagan Festival, Penzance was in town.


This banner in the middle of town tells a different story behind the festival preparations, ha ha!