I recently made a trip to Toulouse to see our friends in Empreinte Sign. They were the ones who made our Oban Tiles and we have just commissioned them to make two LAVASTONE panels and the steel interpretation lecterns to go with them.Read More
The latest interpretation at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare has built on the existing interpretation we installed last year and includes audio, visual, smell and touch interpretation. This all adds to the mix of engaging activities that the education team run at the centre to help visitors understand and feel fully engage with their work of helping animal welfare.Read More
We visits Arran once again this year and visited the interpretation signs we supplied last year. The project was to provide a range of signs that promote and illustrate the Arran Coastal Path.Read More
We had a small part to play in the development of this memorial space for the Bradford Brothers in Witton Park. Our role was simply to produce a Zinc Etched Interpretation Plaque to be fitted to a stone plinth.Read More
We have produced a suite of panels for the NHS in Scotland - the panels were used in a Dementia Garden that included a range of planting, objects, interpretation and signage to create a space that provides a relaxing environment for everyone whose lives are touched by dementia.
The garden was designed by landscape architect Nicola Duenas.
During the course of all my design work I use sketchbooks first - for everything. This allows me to have a real dialogue with my clients and myself in terms of the appropriateness of the solutions proposed.
In fact I have developed a real addiction to Moleskine Sketchbooks, Fountain Pens and watercolours.Read More
This past year - 2016 - saw another phase of way finding, signage and interpretation designed and installed at Raystede Centre for animal Welfare. As with phase one this was another collaborative phase which saw how interpretation can inform the wayfinding and visitor experience for visitors to this popular place in Ringmer near Brighton.
We began the project with a Signage Audit which allowed us to assess how the first phase has been working over the past year. This done we proposed a series of landscape interventions which included simple wayfinding and some more interpretative features such as audio posts, wall friezes and cafe information graphics.
We have completed a set of GRP interpretation panels for the Kirkmichael Paths network near Stirling which involved some historical illustration. We commissioned Bob Marshall for the 3D rendering of the Bronze Age huts and produced the historical re-enactment of the raising of the banner in-house. All of the wildlife illustration was done in-house too.
The Bridge is called so as it is based on the Norse Rainbow Bridge connecting Earth to the realm of the Gods - Asgard. That bridge as in ours did not have a start or end as it was a place of mythical journey. In order to enter the bridge you have to pass the sculpture "Liberty" - this is a very loose representation of the guardsman of the bridge Heimdall. Liberty allows the visitor to leave behind something of the ordinary world and begin a journey to a special and very personal place.Read More
These Durham City Homes interpretation panels involved community engagement in the form of working with local schools and heritage groups in order to create a set of interpretation that told the story of social housing in the post war period.Read More
This was a Heritage Lottery Funded project to interpret this historic park. We produced signage that was in keeping with the restoration and material suite. Our role was develop the stories of the park for local people.Read More
The start of the Arran Coastal Way is marked by this wonderful artwork in Brodick, Isle of Arran.Read More
The pillbox at Middle Warren, Harltepool no longer exists but in its place there is a new Interpretative Feature which tells the story of First World War defences. This Pillbox Marker is made of concrete and features a map and story panels about Pillboxes.Read More
We have just installed this new zinc etched panel outside of the Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland. We wrote and illustrated the panel before fabricating it locally and installing it. One of the main features of this panel was the colour insert onto the panel which adds a colourful twist to the historical interest.Read More
We have just completed the manufacture and installation of a new Zinc Etched Interpretation Panel for a site in the middle of the Pennine AONB. The project involved illustrating this former chapel, designing and manufacturing the zinc etched interpretation panel, manufacturing the single leg stand and installing.Read More
We were very pleased to be part of the team that won an Award at the Durham Environment Awards 2015 recently. There were many entries and some fantastic community projects showing that there is a commitment by local people to help improve their own environment.
The Environment Partnership aims to develop innovative approaches to addressing environmental issues across County Durham and Horden Denes won an award own the Places and Spaces Category "For the outstanding contribution to the improvement of the local environment, regeneration of run down areas, creation of safer environments and the positive effect on the local economy, health and wellbeing of the local residents and visitors."
Horden Denes is an area of England on the Durham coast. It was once a colliery here and the beach was (and still is) covered in coal. But since the closure of the mines the coast is regenerating and wildlife that was sitting below the surface is emerging and flourishing. The local community are justly proud of this area and we worked with the community on the sculptural and interpretative outputs for the site. These included: Robust and green oak totem signage, Cor-ten Steel interpretative features and sculptural seating and picnic area.
See a list of winners here:
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See more about the project including a video here.
We have just delivered a series of leaflets for the Limestone Landscapes Project. The leaflets feature a geological story that is unique to the north east of England. We mapped the sites with a geologist, photographed the amazing rocks and illustrated the wonderful wildlife of these disused quarries.Read More
The Microwave Cookbook has been published at last .... it has taken a while but the final result was worth it. We were given the raw text for the recipes and even made the dishes some could photograph them. Using a Fujifilm X100T and plenty of Macro we had loads of fun shooting the food.Read More
The story of the cover. So we were digging holes on the shores of Loch Fyne and placing a Larch screen into the holes. These posts needed to be parallel and were also in a curve. Back breaking work in fact but helped along by the arrival of the coffee you see on the cover brought to us by the guys at Inver Restaurant. What a fantastic place that is - they pck beach herbs and use local food. The menu is different and simply delicious.