Story of the blues

Ragwort, Thornes Lane

Colour research, looking at metal fencing near Thornes Lane, on the outskirts of Wakefield. Back at the studio I made several colour swatches on paper and then returned to site the next day to match up against the fence. The colour tests are for one of the pieces that I’m making for the Dandelions and… Continue reading Story of the blues

Inside outside

I’m interested in the adaptable and tenacious plants that are often overlooked & unwanted. I’m currently reading ‘Weeds, How Vagabond Plants Gatecrashed Civilisation and Changed the Way We Think About Nature’ by Richard Mabey. On the walk to the studio I made this kerbside sketch of Groundsel. I’m thinking about how my field work relates… Continue reading Inside outside


I’m fascinated by the micro habitat that has formed over this iron drain cover. There’s lots going on here that I want to explore.The formal contrast of theĀ organic plant forms against the manufactured metal grate; the unplanned wild finding home within the planned urban infrastructure. I’ve been sketching what are commonly termed as ‘weeds’ on… Continue reading Kerbsides