I was recently asked to be part of an A&C Black publication, about artists and their drawings.
It prompted the digging out and scanning of some of the more interesting works, especially when the scribble had led to bigger things. Here are some pics of what was on paper, and then what it became.
and here is (one of) the finished chairs. I made about 9 variations on the theme in the end; one is in Hove Museum’s collection, one went to the Vitra design museum… a client in Chicago..etc;
Dan Dares Pram (with cable operated rocket flame) was a natural progression, and made at the same time (1988) as a coiled cactus on wheels:
This photo by Jon Pratty was always a favourite:
I made a range of semi-functional and sculptural furniture from 1988 – 1992 ish; cupboards and sprawling couches:
Public art started kicking in (for me, anyway) in the early ’90s. This Chandelier for Wolverhampton Art Gallery was commissioned in ’94:
240 low voltage light bulbs ~ 6m high.
Probably the biggest commission I have ever, and will ever, work on, is this 65m bridge in Machynlleth, Wales (2000). Liaised with engineer at Powys County Council over design of main pylon and cables and then I manufactured all of the parapets.
and shown here with “Car” from 1988
Back to 1988/89-ish and a music machine for “Erik the Viking” ~ a Terry Jones/Monty Python film. I was asked to fax some sketches; the brief stated “..must be able to be rolled on to the set, have a seat for a man to sit on and moving parts that we will put some sounds over, oh.. and we need it in 10 days time to fly it to Malta for filming…”
1989 and my favourite ever piece of furniture “Dog Bollock Wardrobe”
I still have this cupboard in my living room. Can’t believe it’s 23 years old.
and another favourite, the first “Cooker Seat” (1987) ~ 240v cooker ring: this chair does not conform to current Health & Safety regulations. I think I made 4 or 5 to order in the end.
The initial sketch:
At last – the book is out – “Making and Drawing” by Kyra Cane ISBN 978-1-4081-3451-1
Contains some nice pics of mine!