Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec; 2017 Catch Up

2017 has been and gone, can you believe it? It's been a very exciting and busy year for me. Unfortunately, I haven't written as many posts as I would have liked so to catch up here's a taste of what I've been up to over the past four months.

Having brought Tom Thumb back in August, we have had friends over to visit and even made friends with the ducks. Below you can see ducks Derek and Beatrice who always paddle around together.

We also spent Christmas aboard Tom Thumb. In general people seem to be worried about us being cold when in fact it's extremely warm. Even the snow acted like an insulator.

Late last year, along my friend Lottie, we decided to test our craft skills with some macramé. The pieces below took us 5 hours, not bad for a first attempt. I intend to make a basket version for Byron to hang out in.

Talking of Byron, unfortuantly this Chrsitimas he's been a little poorly. After spending way to much time on his heat mat he has developed dermatitis on his belly. You can't tell though because he's still running around like a maniac. He should be fine again after some antibiotics  and soothing baths which he now has a new found love for.

On another note, I'm very sad to say that after 17 years Echo passed away in October. People that know me, will know about my obsessions with Lizards and how much I cherished Echo. I feel incredibly sad however when I see picture's like the below it cheers me up. Below is Echo and I shortly after my 12th birthday. She will always be a massive part of who I am and therefore never forgotten.

Since September I have done a few activities including a pig course butchery course at Ginger Pig. This was a chance for me to learn how to use the entire animal when cooking and respect the different cuts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone.

Matthew and I, also visited Kew Gardens . We went on Boxing Day to see the light show which was absolutely incredible. Below are my best bits including an archway of lights, dots of light, which changed colour to music and a Christmas tree made from sledges.

The end of 2017 saw the completion of my MOORE TO LIFE Bespoke Christmas Decorations. You can remind yourself read the story here:

2018 is already set to be an exciting year. I have multiple commissions already on the go including a Placenta Photo Frame plus two Memorial Planters.

The plan for 2018 is to finish my Memorial Collection and move my studio to London so to start a new art piece. Can't say I'm not looking forward to what else 2018 may bring.


June, July & August 2017; Celebrations

I'm extremely excited to announce that my The MOORE TO LIFE Project has been striving forward. (If you are unaware of my project you can catch up here.) My designs, shapes and ideas are completed. The images below show off my idea in it's simplest form. From here they can be transformed in appearance to create your own bespoke Christmas baubals.
I am currently completing baubals for those of you that supported my crowd funding campaign. My aim is to be complete by October, when I will also revel it to the public! Not long now!

In July and August, my boyfriend Matthew was best man to two of his best friends and I was lucky enough to be his plus one. Both weddings were spectacular. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Parker and Mr & Mrs Gray. 

I am very excitied to announce that in the month of August Matthew and I did something crazy - we brought a boat! For two years now I have been talking about living aboard; now finally I can say I do. Matthew and I, have brought out first home together; a boat called Tom Thumb. He's a 32ft narrow boat moored at Limehouse marina in London. We moved on, on the 1st August and already there have been many adventures - I can't wait to share them with you next month.

May 2017; Antony Gormley & Croatia

Earlier this month, whilst running away from the rain, I bumped into an Antony Gormley sculpture.  Little did I know, he had been hiding in London all this time at 'The Grapes' pub. Gromley's work is primarily life size iron casts of his own body I have always found them thought provoking so if you get the chance go and see him.

This May I also had a cheeky little holiday with my friend Laura. We've been friends for over 12 years now but never been on holiday together so off we skipped to Croatia. Croatia has never been on my 'to do' list, it was Laura's suggestion and a good one! Every corner we turned and island we visited was like a postcard; the water was crystal clear and the sun golden yellow. We did three nights in Dubrovic, one in Mljet, one in Spilt and two in Skadin were we visited the National Park of Krka. 

I would say my favourite was Mljet, see images below. MIjet is a National Park,, made up of lakes and greenery; it is incredibly peaceful and idilic.

The MOORE TO LIFE Project: Work wise I have redesigned the shape and cast the new shapes. Fingers crossed next month I will hopefully have a final one complete (about time).

January, Feburary, March 2017; Back on track

Hi Everyone,  Sorry it's been a while, time seems to have completely ran away from me.

So far this year I have completed a few commissions, one of which was my Memorial Trinket Boxes. In memory of her father my lovely client, Jeanette, purchased two boxes one of which was for her Mother Lorraine. However this story has a beautiful twist because Sister in Law Toni, a fellow creator who makes her own cards for families birthdays, decided to decorate the box. Jeanette explained her father, "Wasn't one for going out, he loved his birds, feeding them every day and just sitting and watching them. His favorite colour was racing green, hence the green ribbon."

I love that my clients are able to put their own creative spin on my work, this is exactly why I love doing what I do. I hope it provides Lorraine with many happy memories.

Jeanette and her family, along with all of you that completed my online questionnaire, have helped inspire my Memorial Collection. I intend to develop the collection throughout 2017. My redesigned Memorial Photo Frame is almost complete but if you want to see a sneak peak or receive the exclusive preview you will have to sign up to my quarterly newsletter below.

The MOORE TO LIFE Project - I've gone back to the drawing the board with this. Learning from mistakes made last time round I aim to produce a high standard of quality. Next month I hope to have a complete piece ready to show off.

I have also purchased the final piece of my puzzle for the studio, a potters wheel. I have been looking for the perfect wheel for over a year now and not only did I manage to snap up a bargain but it is also my favorite colour, green. There is a little of bit repair work to do on the basin but nothing a little bit of fiber glass can't fix. I'm looking forward to getting it up and running as soon as possible and sharing my out-comes with you. 

I hope to get back on track with my news updates so see you next month! 

October, November, December; Busy, Busy, Busy!

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful break over the Christmas period. 
Life has been extremely hectic for me over the past 3-4 months with all sorts of highs and lows it; all started back in October. 

Luckily for me I was invited to exhibit for 'Life, Death, Whatever.' at The National Trust's Sutton House in Hackney, East London on behalf of the Best Funeral Guide. Highlighting the taboo topics of death. It was quite a small affair but wonderful to be part off.  Downstairs they had art work including my own and upstairs for one weekend only funeral services and directors were invited to promote their companies. Sutton House it's self was absolutely beautiful as you can imagine. They always have interesting events happening so pop down if you get a chance. Click here to see:

For everyone the run up to Christmas is busy but for me this year it was more than that . On the 2nd of November the ceiling in my house fell down. No, not just a section of the ceiling, the entire ceiling, loft and water tank. Water poured down the hall way and into the kitchen which meant the fire brigade announced our house as unlivable and all of us had to find alternative accommodation. The re-build is a long and complicated story but after two months we have finally moved back into our home and feeling extremely lucky.  




As you can see, from the timeline of images above, I have come a long way with The MOORE TO LIFE Project. I’ve got my kiln up and running and each glaze has been tested. I bought a lathe and have been practicing my shape in plaster to enable me to create my moulds ready for ceramic casting. I’ve also been working hard at making sure the mechanism of the lid works.

I have sent out the first round of rewards. This included my Amanda Cotton badges, created using the perfect shade of urine yellow. A surprise gift from my limited edition series of six life drawings surrounding the human body was also included. 

Even though I have come a long way, at this stage, there are many imperfections with the Christmas decorations so unfortunately they won’t be ready in time for Christmas 2016. I could rush to try and complete them before Christmas, but there’s no guarantee the quality would be up to my high standard. 

I will still complete the project it’s just going to take me a little longer than expected so please don't lose faith, keep your eyes peeled for the next update.

Christmas came and went super fast this year. A lovely time was spent with friends, family and my two favorites animals Echo the Gecko and Byron the Hedgehog. 

The end of 2016 was full of ups and downs. hopefully this January will be full of positives so to start 2017 on a high. 

September 2016; Crowd Funding Success

The MOORE TO LIFE Project funding campagin is finally complete & after raising a whopping £785 I couldn’t be happier. I spent ALOT of time celebrating its success with my parents and would like to say a massive shout out to them, not only for their support but to my dad for building me an amazing studio and my mum for helping me organise everything.

Also to my boyfriend Matthew Simcox for putting up with me, my house mates Jeanna Olsen and Claire Marie Walsh as well as Stephanie Lawrence who all help me in every way possible to succeed.

Plus a huge massive THANK YOU to my backers Christina Eagles, Jennie Keane, Clarissa Ferguson, Helen Norbury, Jason Stevens, Tony Winter, Dominic Alves, Lewis Seymour, David Matthews, Emily Rawlins, Curtis Jones, Chris Sladden, Nannie, Sarah Giles, Dan Soltwisch, Samantha Cotton, Frankie Hibbard, Steven Gurney, Christian Kingston, Emily Roots, Pat Simcox, Mandy Negus, Michael Simcox, Karen Baker, Alex Cotton and Shannon Leigh.

Also everyone that took part in my research Clare Thirgood, Jack Cox, Lily Levin, Kaarin Helmers, Lottie Louise Sayers, Steve Eagles and Kelly Gethin.

I’m looking forward to creating and sending you your reward/gifts. Hopefully they will mean as much to you as the project does to me. THANKS EVERYONE! Make sure to check back next month when I'll be updating you on the project.

August 2016; Kilns and Lathes

This August was mostly known for my new concept 'The MOORE TO LIFE Project.'
I owe a huge thanks to everyone who has supported so far. I can't believe that I am able to say that, after 11 days I was almost half way there. Now there's only two days to go, you better get in there quick!

After ALOT of over thinking I finally own a kiln. It's a top loader which helps with space in my studio and big enough to fit a large plant pot shape. Also it's 13amp's so will run from the bottom of the garden without sparking out the electricity in the house, perfect. For a first kiln, my little Hugo the Fuego (Fuego = the model) is everything I wanted. A big shout out to Bath Potters for supplying -

With my kiln arriving there is no way I couldn't have the floor ready, (kilns really are VERY heavy), so as you can see the studio is ready to go and over the bank holiday I spent my first weekend 'pottering' around. I'm ridiculously pleased to say the studio is finally finished!! :)

As a mould maker I like to make all my own originals, (the object you create and then mould so you can make multiples of the same thing), and to do this I decided I needed a lathe. This way I can ensure my original is symmetrical and well quite frankly perfect! Buying a wood lathe meant I needed to create a plaster chuck so to turn it into a plaster lathe. Using my experience from uni I managed to pull it off and you can see me using it in the video below. Watch out for next month when I'm making my originals.  

July 2016; Exhibitions, Documentaries & Campagins

As you know from last month, this July I exhibited in London.  On behalf of Sweet Art, SHE showcased the work of over 60 visual and performance artists including me as part of the Perform Gender Festival hosted by Ugly Duck. Local and international artists explored the theme of femininity.

Two artists who really caught my attention are Holly Rozier for her piece 'Susan', an insulation which was beautiful yet grotesque at the same time and Rachel Fallon for her piece 'La Befana' a research project into breast feeding.

I exhibited 'Body of Ceramics' 2012 which questions people's preconceptions on a material the nation is obsessed with, hair. Even though hair covers 90% of our external bodies, we find a single strand in our food and we are horrified. As a sculptural self-portrait each ceramic piece translates the measurements of my body, as a whole equals my weight, 7st 11lbs, incorporates my own spun hair and is displayed on a tabletop the same length as my body and width of my hips.
The Ugly Duck location based on Tanner Street was an incredible backdrop for my work and I couldn't of been happier with the set up. It was a privilege to exhibit, with Sweet Art who made the entire process smooth and comfortable.

I was also lucky enough this month to be filmed for a possible documentary which I will keep you updated on but this means, thanks to my Dad, the studio is basically finished :D  Steel racks and storage boxes are in place and the next task is to order my materials and fill the boxes which wont take long.

Back in March I kick-started a project surrounding baubles. Now that my studio is up and running and I have finalised the concept and this month saw the launch of my final idea named, The MOORE TO LIFE Project. In memory of my uncle Howard Moore, who I will always remember for his love of Christmas, I aim to create bespoke Christmas decorations. Although, like my previous work, they will be quite different from anything you have ever have seen before. For more information please click here.

To get my project off the ground I have launched a campaign.You can show your support for as little as £3.00 and in return you will receive unique rewards; from a surprise gift to a day in my studio with me learning ceramic techniques. To make a pelage please click here. I spent quite a lot of time creating my first presentation along with voice over which seeing as it's my first one quite proud off. Please check out the video below and let me know what you think. Next month I will keep you up dated on my progress and hopefully have some designs to show you.

June; Sunshine & Happiness

First off I have some great news... the floor went down in my studio! My dad spent two days ploughing through this and it looks amazing. You would never know that this is only the second floor he has ever laid.

Once the floor was down he fixed the skirting board, painted up all the wood and even fitted a little kitchen. So close to finishing now just the lino floor to go down :)

All this was done while I was on Holiday. I think secretly my Dad didn't want me around so he waited till I was out of the country.

Yes, I went on holiday again. This time it was Matthew's 30th Birthday so I treated him to a Holiday in Morocco. We spent eight days in Marrakech including a three day trip to the desert and three days in Essaouira which is by the coast. I wont bore you with in and outs but here's a few pictures to inspire you to possibly take a trip there.

Finally this month, I am please to announce, I have been accepted to exhibit in London with Sweet Art
On the 30 and 31 July 2016, exhibition SHE will showcase the work of over 60 visual and performance artists as part of the Perform Gender Festival hosted by Ugly Duck. SHE will showcase the work of local and international artists exploring the theme of femininity, feminine identity and issues faced by women worldwide. 

I will be displaying my, 'Body of Ceramics'  so feel free to pop by and check it out.
30 and 31 July 2016 - 47-49 Tanner Street SE1 3PL, in a Victorian warehouse.
Look forward to seeing some of you there.


May; Organisation & Productivity

This May, due to a milk tooth over staying it's welcome, I had to visit the orthodontist. It was an expensive experience but my £75 also went towards this x-ray which to be honest I’m pretty pleased with.

You can see my milk tooth on the top right along with my adult tooth above. I also have a couple of fillings and root canal which is the excessive white area on the bottom left - Pretty kwl huh.

Anyways on a more productive note, it was full steam ahead with the studio this month. As you can see the walls are all plastered and glowing white. Now the weather has cheered up the floor will be down in no time and the wood will be vanished. I had my first ever delivery which I’m super excited about; time to do the finishing touches and get organised.

I have also moved forward with the Baubal Project, below are some of the results from my market research. So far I have learnt that, on special occasions, many people celebrate past, present and future and that most feel the same way as me, it's the smaller things in life that count.

So as you can tell I'll be spending most of June,  finishing the studio and preparing my crowd funding campaign in order to kick-start the Baubal Project.

April 2016; The Memorial Photo Frame

This April I am please to announce, that it's official,  I am legally the only person in the UK currently creating Photo Frames made from a loved one's ashes. Patricia Hodson, from Liverpool, owner of patent number GB2441967,  'Method of Making a Frame from Incinerated Remains (human and animal).' has kindly granted me permission to make and sell the frames. My Memorial Photo Frames can be purchased via my website: 

The Memorial Photo Frames started back in 2014, as always I talked about the idea with friends and family to gain feedback. Through the ‘grape vine’, Sandie heard of my idea and was willing to be my first client to commission me.

Sandie Lawrence “We would be so pleased if you would make a decorative keepsake using my dad’s ashes. I have never known what to do with them as a lasting memory. I didn’t want to scatter them, so the idea of a decorative keepsake is a beautiful thing to remember him by and something we can move with us wherever we live.”

Sandie had held on to her father’s ashes for 11 years so I felt overwhelmed that she asked me to do this, especially since I had never done it before. After frequent tests and a lot of research I finally came to an outcome which both Sandie and I was delighted with.

The creation of these frames was captured by the press, click the links below to read more.
The Argus -
The Birmingham Mail -

It's slightly embarrassing but worth mentioning, earlier this month I stumbled across a picture of me asleep and could help but think me and Ron Mueck had a lot in common. See below picture of my head and Mueck's sculpture: Mask II (detail), 2001, Mixed media 77 x 118 x 85 cm
Ron Mueck is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in the UK. Although I have never seen his work in person, I do aspire to one see it as he has been an inspiration to my work from the beginning.
Right to left:
- Mask II (detail), 2001, Mixed media 77 x 118 x 85 cm and my head asleep (Ha-ha)
- Boy, 1999 Mixed media 490 x 490 x 240 cm
- A girl, 2006, Mixed media 110.5 x 501 x 134.5 cm
- Big Man, 2000, Mixed media 205.7 x 117.4 x 209 cm

STUDIO UPDATE:  Freshly plastered walls - Next step a new concrete base for the floor.

THE BAUBAL PROJECT UPDATE: Getting some great result back form this - I'm looking forward to opening them all up next month. To be continued...

March 2016; AMSTERDAM ART!

This March I visited Amsterdam; in London, nine years ago, I was disappointed not to witness 'Body Worlds' the exhibition by Gunther von Hagen, so, as a well done for finishing my website I treated myself to an Amsterdam trip purposely to see the exhibition.

BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project' in the heart of Amsterdam takes visitors on a journey through the human body, in search of what makes us happy and the impact happiness has on our health. More than 200 real human bodies show the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the body and how our organs and muscles work. Link:

The bodies are obviously real, however, I feel the shine they give off detaches you from realising that, this is what your insides look like. Saying that, it really was mind boggling to see these preserved bodies. It's not as squeamish as it first sounds, like my work, it's not meant to be shocking but make you question and understand what the body really looks like.
Of course, I checked out the preserved placentas, see below, and my favourite piece; 3mm thick slices of different human bodies so you can clearly see the differences in organs and how what we do affects our inner body.

Also whilst in Amsterdam I checked out the Stedelijk Museum; an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. Link: Over the years I have studied many artists who have influenced my work and it's always a pleasure to see their work on display.

Below left to right:
Richard Long, Blue Stone Circle 1978 - English sculptor and one of the best known British land artists. Link:
Christo and Jeanne- Claude, Valley Curtain 1972 - Installed between two Colorado mountain slopes the orange curtain was made from 200,200 square feet of woven nylon fabric. Link:

STUDIO UPDATE: As we enter spring the studio is looking super idyllic at the bottom the garden, see picture below, however inside it's chaos whilst we plaster the walls.

NEW PROJECT; March signified the start of a new project for me; The Bauball Project. I sent out 50 of these packs so people could collect souvenirs over a period of ten days. Next month I hope to have a great set of results... To be continued.

Febuary 2016; 'MADE OF MORE' Craftmanship and Guinness

February 2016, marked my first holiday of the year to Dublin Ireland along with two of my old School friends, Molly and Becky. We had a wild weekend but my highlight was our trip to the Guinness Store House.  It was more than worth the money and I would certainly like to shake the hand of its designer; it was modern and interactive with an old fashioned twist, excitement could be found round every corner.

Within the Store House is this 12ft 2 tonne pint of Guinness, crafted by more than 20 international carvers and artists. This highly detailed sculpture is said to represent the past and future of Guinness, suggesting it is 'Made of More' which I agree with, it is a beautiful celebration of craftsmanship and collaboration which I adore. I have attached a critic review although I urge you to go see it for yourself whilst you slurp down a pint or two. Critic link: -

Byron is now three months old and this month was his first trip to the vets where he was quite the celebrity, everyone wanted his attention. Although he was friendly he was also fairly shy and kept running back to me, which, for the first time, made me realise Byron did know who I was and trusted me. Not only that, both Byron and I left the happy knowing I was doing a good job as Byron got the thumbs up for health. As he fits into a routine and becomes aware of his soundings, every day he grows cuter as he begins to grow a personality.

STUDIO UPDATE: We are in the final few months of finishing the studio, my dad is plastering the walls and then we just need to pour the cement floor, it will be weather dependant but we're aiming for the completion date to be mid-May. Exciting!

Next Month, to reward myself for completing my website, I am visiting 'Body World; The Happiness project' in Amsterdam, so look out for some incredible looking cadavers.

January 2016; New Year, New website, New blog

If you are reading this you are probably already aware that over the last three / four months I have been working extremely hard to completely re-structure and create a new website and brand. I am now pleased to say my new website has gone live, there is still a few tweaks needed here and there but I believe it’s a lot fresher and more contemporary in a methodical, precise manner which sums up my work. I have also been working on a new logo/brand, any constructive criticism is welcome so feel free to leave feedback.

Also I started off the year finishing of this commission,  a hand cast including Dad, Mum and Baby. I am super pleased with it as it’s my first time casting more than one hand at a time. I also used a different plaster which I prefer as it’s stronger, smoother and a lot whiter.

Photography by Matthew Simcox

There is also a time-lapse video which you can watch via my Instagram:

For 4 days throughout January London was host to a selection of international artists who illuminated the city in the ‘Lumire London’ event. Even through the streets of London were freezing it didn’t stop people from travelling around to witness these displays of light. Link:
The below collection are my favourites which Matthew photographed for me.

‘Lumire London’ Photography by Matthew Simcox

Although top marks went to the LED stick men at Liberty House for the sheer amount of thought and detail that went into the performance.

January has came and gone extremely quickly but some how I have managed to fit a lot in, I've got a feeling 2016 its going to be productive.

Happy New Year,

December 2015; Hedgehogs and Santas

This December I created festive cheer by joining a 10k Santa Dash in Memory of Lauren Peck. We raised over £1,000 which we proudly donated to Mind. Mind Charity provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their aim is to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Link:


Any one that knows me well, will understand I am not a sporty person, running is a task for me but I did thoroughly enjoy myself. If you read my blog regularly you may remember back in August I did a Body Cast of my nephew Freddie-Lee’s hands and feet which came out beautifully, see below.

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Since then these tiny ornaments have been cleaned up, vanished and attached to a personalised base. My Sister-in Law to be Shannon was thrilled with the results.


I also made a little trinket box for them to keep Freddie- Lee's baby teeth and first curls safe. The lid is filled with the same composite I used for their Placenta Photo Frame. To top it off, Shannon didn't know but inside the trinket box was also Freddie-Lee's umbilical cord shaped into a heart.


To round of the year, this Christmas I was given the most extraordinary present, a Hedgehog. He's a tiny little curious thing called Bryon, named after my Australian friends who are originally from Bryon Bay. At the moment, like any pet, we are trying to get him use to being around people, he's extremely nervous when we pick him up and yes, he is super prickly but as soon as he calms down he's SUPER soft :) Different to English hedgehogs Bryon is an African pygmy which means he loves the warmth and does not get fleas. I think he's Cute!


And that's it an entire year has passed us by. I started this blog for two reasons, One to force myself to write more and improve my spelling and the second reason was to record all the incredible things I manage to achieve. At the end of 2014 I remember saying , 'oh, another year has gone by and I haven't done anything'  My friends certainly didn't agree and quickly reminded me of my achievements. Due to this blog I think it’s safe to say I can't say the same thing this year, I have managed to accomplish more than I could have imagined. I will be continuing on with my blog for another year so keep checking in to see what 2016 has in store. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

November 2015; ART

In light of my work centred around the human body, I have been invited by the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), to become a fellow. Link: ~The RSA is a network of people who are dedicated to enriching society and shaping the future through ideas and action.  For me it is an honour to be asked to become a fellow as it shows in their eyes I am recognised as an influential person to society. In the New Year I am going to attend an Artist Engage Social Evening and hopefully confirm my place; 2016 is looking exciting.


My work has given me a sense of Self-worth which enables me to be ambitious, I am a keen to share this feeling so recently I have been unravelling ways I can use my skills and knowledge. My man aim is to help others so they themselves can strive forward. Teaching is the obvious choice but something else that has caught my attention is working within the Art in Criminal Justice Sector. For this reason I have been following the Koestler Trust.

The Koestler Trust is a UK prison arts charity awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients. Currently they have an exhibition running in the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank named Re-Formed.


I won't go into detail as you know I don't like to ruin a surprise but below is my favourite piece, I just love the use of accessible materials and the 'Marmite'  relationship the artist has with the soap. Make sure you check out the entire exhibition sooner rather than later as it's only open for two more days. IMG_0175

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I have finally finished another Placenta Photo Frame and this one is for my nephew Freddie-Lee. I think it's safe to say he likes it.


I was almost asked by my Brother and his Girlfriend Shannon to do to cast of all their hands. I have never cast someone else's body before however it all went perfectly to plan and I managed to cast three hands and 15 fingers. Once tidied up I'll share the final pictures.


STUDIO UPDATE: As you can see the garage door is now finally boarded up and units / cupboard spaces are being fitted. Fingered crossed it all be ready by Easter 2016.


Next month will be my last post of the year so make sure you check it out and see how my year draws to close.

October 2015; AMERICA baby yeah!

This October Matthew and I both made our first trip out of Europe, I'll admit America was never on my list of places to go but we both currently have friends living there so thought, why not? Our first stop was New York, moving from one tourist spot to another we explored every corner. It was a hard decision as there were many to choose from, but, I would say The One World Trade Centre (Freedom Tower) and The Flat Iron were my favourite spots. IMG_2712  IMG_2660 I was determined to walk round the whole of Central Park but obviously it was impossible so I settled for half way. IMG_2562 With Matt being an avid photographer he enjoyed taking panoramic photos. I love this one of The Statue of Liberty, it really looks like she's conjuring up the sky. IMG_2820 Using an old train track New York have recently created a Sky Line Walk. Wiggling through the city, it is a great place to see the sights... IMG_2610 ...and some fantastic public art. I am a huge fan of installation work that engages with the public and this piece did not fail to impress me. These Lego blocks, of all shapes and sizes, began life carefully stacked to represent buildings although continuously passers-by have re-arranged the blocks to alter the appearance of the entire piece. IMG_2594 After two full on days Matthew and I, were exhausted and pleased to be flying off to Orland where for six nights we planned to chill out with our friends Emily and Mark. IMG_3020 It was my birthday whilst out there so Emily and Mark planned a surprise day. The picture below might look peaceful and relaxing but just to the left of us was a 5ft alligator. Bearing in mind it was our first ever time in a kayak and I cannot swim it certainly was a surprise. IMG_3828 Also apparently under pressure I am incapable of listening to instructions therefore, certainly not to Matthews amusement, aiming straight for the alligators was the only thing I seemed to be good at. Saying that, after we (by we I mean Matt) got the hang of how to use the kayak it couldn't have been a more perfect day. IMG_3820 Emily's family have been working extremely hard over the past two years putting Orlando City on the map and Matthew and I were extremely lucky to be invited to a game. Football in America is different to England instead of hooliganism there is a lot of fun and laughter that surrounds the game which, for me, made it much more enjoyable. IMG_2930 Driving down the coast we made our way to The Florida Keys which I thought was out of this world, one second we were on a motor way the next we were on an island. IMG_3375 We experienced many things in The Keys although by far my favourite was Robbie's where we fed the absolutely massive Tarpon, chilled out in the quirky bar by the water and purchased some brilliant trinkets. If you ever visit The Keys I would 100% recommend Robbie's. Link: IMG_3405 IMG_3384 We experienced some crazy weather whilst on the island of Sambrero. On one side of us it was beautifully sunny with palm trees and soft sand whilst on the other a storm was brewing. We could see the spray from where a twister was hitting the water all the way up to the clouds. IMG_3435 Although we had our swamp adventure I still wanted to visit The Everglades. We spent a full day at Homestead Alligator Farm where we not only had a ride on an air boat over The Everglades but also watched alligator wrestling and a live feeding. IMG_3609 (2) One interesting fact I learnt was in Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger was 15% muscle and an alligator is 52% muscle! IMG_3533 Also at the park they had taxidermy which helped to identify the appearance of crocodiles and alligators. All these years I thought it was the other way round. IMG_3574  IMG_3570 Finally we visited Miami where we stayed with the lovely Marta. Marta was extremely well know in the artists quarters of Miami and her house was filled with work. From coffee tables with plastic legs to vibrant paintings and curtains made from un-usual material, everywhere you looked in Marta's house your mind was blown.IMG_3785 My favourite piece has to be the cabinet below because it's so subtle and cheeky. Also to the left of the cabinet is a Lion with a plant on his head, well because why not? IMG_3773   IMG_3779 On our last day we visited Wynwood, Miami, throughout America various people had spoken about this neighbour-hood  explaining we would love it and they were right. Wynwood is home to the largest open-air, street-art installations in the world. IMG_3849 Not only was every wall a canvas but the streets were lined with art galleries and quirky bars / restaurants. Link:  IMG_3836 And there you have it, over fifteen days I visited two states, drove over 800miles,  lost count on how many wild lizards I saw and managed to keep all my limbs despite being up close and personal with a 6ft alligator, mission complete.




August & September 2015; Time Flies when you're having Fun

'Time flies when you’re having fun' and for me the past two months certainly has. Firstly, Matthew and I came across a brilliant new idea for the centre piece of any dinner table, fruit and vegetable candles. We loved the idea so much that we both decide to buy the kit for our mums to enjoy. Screenshot (18). Screenshot (21) As you can see, my Mum agreed with us. Below you can see my Mum lighting a paper candle ! Screenshot (16) Also in August I received my Level 3 Certificate in First Aid. I don't know why this isn't made compulsory for everyone to learn. In just the last few weeks I have already put my training to the test and helped many casualties. I am proud to say I am a first aider. Screenshot (15) One of the biggest changes for me over the last two months was my (rent paying) day job as we changed offices from Farringdon to Aldgate Tower. With over 1,000 employees you can imagine how full on it has been. However, I think it was worth it as the views of London are crazy! Screenshot (23) Strangely on my way to the new office I walked straight into a piece of work I created at my last job, Cheeky Tiki, which I left back in February. (Cheeky Tiki is a Design & Build company, which creates drinking vessels for bars / night clubs.) This vessel was in the shape of an oyster shell and about 2ft wide. Screenshot (14) I made the shell via a two part-mould with resin and silicon to capture the shape. It was no easy task due to its size and shape let alone the fact the mould weighed a tonne. I had solely worked on this from scratch, which you can see from the images below, so it was amazing to see one in use. Screenshot (25)  Screenshot (30). Screenshot (29)

Screenshot (26). Screenshot (31). Screenshot (28) Another fun surprise this month was an 'Instagram' post from Fran, showing off the fermenting pot I made in France. Fran had found time in her busy schedule to glaze my pot for me and now it’s complete. Hopefully it is working to its full potential but even if it isn't I think it still looks beautiful. Screenshot (13) As mentioned in my last post, I was commissioned to create some new interesting pieces one of which was an umbilical cord memento. This was the first time I had crafted something from an umbilical cord and as promised here is the final piece. Being immensely happy with the result, I am looking forward to my next commission. BRING ON THE UMBILLICAL CORDS! Haha FYI: The following luscious photos were taken by Matthew Simcox Link: www.Facebook.come/matthewsimcoxphotography _DSC7137 _DSC7073 (Above: Umbilical Cord Memento) I was also commissioned to create placenta beads with a sterling silver insert and a placenta key ring. These aren't items I would normally design but I can't deny I enjoyed the task of developing ideas and creating new moulds from scratch. In the end I could not be happier with the final pieces, sometimes simple is the way forward. _DSC7164 _DSC7159 (Above: Placenta Memento Beads with sterling silver insert) _DSC7127  _DSC7129 (Above: Placenta Key Ring Memento)

STUDIO UPDATE: From the pic below you can see two little built in rooms complete: one for storage and one to use as a kitchen which will include a fridge freezer for you know what. IMG_2487 Finally, this month I managed to find time to do some body casting of my tiny nephew Freddie -Lee. He was a brave little boy and let his Auntie put his hand and feet into all kinds of materials some he preferred more than others. Screenshot (19) The result is a memento of Freddie-Lee's feet and hands, to remember how small and perfectly formed they once were. Screenshot (9) Screenshot (8) These casts are straight out the mould and need a little tidy up but you get the gist of how amazingly cute they are going to be. I will reveal the finished pieces next month.

Thanks for reading and watch out for next month’s post, I promise there will be crocodiles!

July 2015 - George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Grayson Perry Pots

July has been a pretty crazy month, I have had meetings and work coming in left, right and centre. It also marked a year that my partner Matthew and I have been together so I decided to mix business and pleasure by going on a little road trip to Kent. Via Air BNB (Link Air BNB - we found this adorable American Style Tiny House which had been featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. The concept of these tiny spaces fascinates me, if you don't watch the programme you should. (Link: George Clarkes Amazing Spaces -

George Clarkes Amazing Spaces  Inside George Clake's Amazing Spaces This tiny house in Kent was owned and built by Anthony & Diane Stathamn who were the perfect hosts; friendly, helpful, a lovely couple. It literally had everything we needed including a queen sized bed, fully working kitchen and bathroom squeezed in, yet it still felt so spacious!  As you can see from the pictures, it really was a unique place to stay.

Just down the road from us was the Turner Contemporary Gallery exhibiting 'Provincial Punk' by the one and only Grayson Perry!  (Link: Turner Contemporary - (Link: Grayson Perry - Grayson Perry Photo Stephen White Turner Contempory Margate Turner Contemporary

This English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing has always been of interest to me, especially as he was also born in my hometown Essex. Many see ceramics as a traditional and elegant craft but Grayson's classic ceramic forms are full of crude adaptations of sex, politics and violence and I love it!

It felt incredible it is to witness the work of someone you admire. My favourite piece from the exhibition has to be, 'We are What We Buy' 2000, not because it is about  the rise of art collector Charles Saatchi but because each person is documented simply by three things which can immediately brand a person; their choice of clothes, car and home address.

Grayson Perry - We are what we buy Saatchi Gallery Grayson Perry Photo Benedict Johnson Turner Contempory

We also made a special trip to the Shell Grotto in Margate. Words cannot describe how unbelievable this place was. I am not going to say to much as I urge you to experience it yourself. For now here's a few photos taken by Matthew to entice you. Photography by Matthew Simcox (Link:

Shell Grotto Margate. IMG_1979. IMG_1984IMG_1972. IMG_2039. IMG_2009

This month my Grandad ripened to the marvellous age of 80! He is the world's biggest Liquorice Allsorts fan so without doubt I knew I had to create this liquorice explosion. I'll admit, "I'm a creator not a baker" but I was pretty pleased with the outcome and so was he, Happy Birthday Grandad! Amanda Cotton Cake!

On Monday 13th I collected yet another placenta from a new client, Natalie. Natalie's placenta travelled all the way down from Manchester to Euston Station, London where I collected it from her friend. Placenta Pick Up Natalie Not only does Natalie want me to create a Placenta Photo Frame but she has also commissioned me to create a heart from her umbilical cord.  I have never crafted an umbilical cord, therefore, I was a little unsure but for a first attempt, I couldn't be happier with result. Natalie Umbillical Coard Natalie and I, are currently deciding how it shall be presented so keep an eye out for next month's blog to see the final design.