This is my first post for quite a while, as I’d taken rather a long hiatus from doing anything creative (outside of client work) and so I’ve had nothing much to say. Earlier this year, I felt ready to embark on some personal projects again and as I’ve always been a bit ‘all or nothing’, within a matter of months I’d taken on a new studio with my brother, and was selected to decorate a 1.5m high sculpture for the Wolves in Wolves public art event – Eeeeeee!
The summer of 2017 will see the largest public art event ever to take place in Wolverhampton with the arrival of 30 wolf sculptures which will be located at key city centre sites and in West Park.
I’m collaborating on the wolf with a hyper-local blogger and proud Wulfrunian, Neil Hodgkiss (AKA West Wulf). Neil and I had recently discussed a project he’d had in mind inspired by the Wolverhampton Pillar with its intricate Anglo-Saxon relief work. When the invitation to submit a design for a wolf sculpture arose I thought it was an ideal opportunity to take the concept forward, so I contacted Neil to see whether he wanted to work together, and he was up for it!
By translating the decoration from the Wolverhampton pillar, we hope to evoke the spirit of Wolverhampton’s origins – both creating a striking artwork and communicating the history of the city to a wider audience.
We submitted our concept, and after a short-listing process and an event held in the Mayoral Chamber we were delighted to learn we’d been selected to decorate our Anglo-Saxon wolf.
After a few years away from the sketchbook, I’m feeling well and truly inspired. I’m surrounded by interesting people again, and I’ve got plenty of projects to get my teeth into (pun intended).
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NB: I was commissioned to design the sculpture itself, which I’ve blogged about on my graphic design site.