About

Trained in Theatre Design (graduate of Nottingham Trent 1987)
Self-employed prop maker, model maker and scenic artist since 1992
Based in a small studio/workshop in Edinburgh

Wide experience producing work for :

  • tv & film
  • theatre
  • opera
  • ballet
  • museums & visitor centres
  • exhibitions & advertising

Clients & companies worked for include :

  • Sony Pictures
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • Scottish Opera
  • BBC Scotland
  • Chalk Works
  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
  • (& many others)

Skills

Some of the materials & techniques used over 20+ years making work in a huge variety of scales & materials from a 5+ metre realistic oak tree to tiny models and intricate replicas.

Props & scenery

Large, medium & small scale sculptural work in variety of materials including :

  • Polystyrene & two-part polyurethane foam
  • Jesmonite (acrylic polymer resin)
  • GRP (fibreglass) using both polyester and epoxy resins
  • Wood & metal – complex items in collaboration with carpenters & metalworkers
  • Clay & polymer clay
  • Various plasters & textured finishes, Toupret etc
  • Modelling waxes & epoxy putty
  • Airex & Plastazote

Casting & mouldmaking

Primarily making silicone rubber moulds (& also plaster) and casting into :

  • Jesmonite
  • Polyester resin
  • Urethane resin
  • Hard & soft two-part polyurethane foams
  • Latex

Modelmaking & museum replicas

Models made to many scales in variety of materials & finishes

  • Interactive models in collaboration with automata and/or electronics specialists
  • Research and design (when required for individual projects)
  • Sourcing & buying props; also commissioning reproduction crafts 

Scenic painting

Full size backcloths, scenery, murals & set dressing/distressing of all kinds, using a variety of traditional & modern paints & dyes for :

  • Theatre, opera & ballet
  • TV & film
  • Museums, exhibitions & visitor centres

also :

  • Copies of famous paintings to original size or large scale
  • “Pastiche” & original paintings to order for TV & film

Teaching

Occasional invitations as external tutor/visiting lecturer at FE/HE level
Various scenic art/propmaking/modelmaking skills etc taught at :

  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London
  • East 15 Acting School, University of Essex
  • Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

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