The Overdraught

Proud to have been a small part of the creative team who manifested Nottingham's newest craft beer pub in Canning Circus - The Overdraught.   Formerly being a bank (and fancy dress shop!) gave me lots of scope to research the unique heritage of this building.   I never knew that Nat West’s origins date back to 1658 with the foundation of Smith's Bank of Nottingham - just streets away from The Overdraught. 

According to the British Museum, early reactions to the introduction of bank notes varied. A local note from East Anglia was inscribed with the following cynical verse:

The rage for banking now is grown
So great in country and in town,
That all our Rags, Shirts, Shifts and Coates,
Will soon be turned to One Pound Notes  

There are also big links with local Derbyshire industries and the development of banking.

"The early mechanization of the textile industry and the applications of new technologies, including Richard Arkwright’s (Derbyshire) water frame for the cotton spinning wheel, revolutionized production in the textile mills. More efficient ways of weaving cotton helped Manchester become the most important British centre of the cotton industry (often called ‘Cottonopolis’) and the world’s first industrial city. Paper money issued in Lancashire shows the importance of the textile industry in the county."

If you are a craft beer fan, you are in for a treat.


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Consider Constable

I’m continuing work on my Consider Constable series… seeking out the precise places Constable created his paintings, absorbing the feel, history and sense of time passing where he and I stood.  As a result, each image in the Consider Constable collection has a strong connection to his work and life. He was innovative, brave, prolific and hard-working and I want my images to carry a sense of this past into the present.  Please see the prints section of the website for completed works.

Featured image: Pastures Present and Past Years Present looks towards Dedham from Constable’s father’s mill at Flatford.

Kant's Sublime Shortlisted

It has been a good year so far for Kant's Sublime as it was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and National Open Art Competition.

The Kant's Sublime was inspired by a lecture. Studying extracts from The Critique of Judgement by German Philosopher Kant I was fascinated by his theories on art; ways of seeing, interior and exterior mapping in the mind. 

I became transfixed by the marks on the edges of the photocopied lecture handouts, making copies of these copies. I cut them up, collaged them and photographed them over again.

A simple photocopy sent me thinking about Kant’s philosophies in the everyday. These prints are a visual outcome of his theories on perception. Hundreds of years later his thoughts have both informed and become part of my landscape.

In the image of Kant

After attending a symposium about the German philosopher Kant, I became fascinated by his theories on art, ways of seeing, interior and exterior mapping of the mind.

Although intrigued by his theories, I also found myself transfixed by the physicality of his words; specifically the edges of the pages of his ‘Critique of Judgment’ manifested as parallel marks made by the photocopied handouts

I introduced these marks to my mapping process; collage, camera lens and software.

Two and a half centuries later his thoughts have informed both perception and representation by becoming part of my visual outcomes.

Prints will become available in the shop section.