A couple of Saturdays ago I visited Nottingham (very early train) with Gemma and Magnus from the Sorrell Foundation to deliver a drawing masterclass to participants of their fantastic programme called The National Art and Design Saturday Club. It was one of those snowy days so we started a little later than usual i suspect. But we were quickly underway and most of the participants who were aged 14-16 stepped up to the challenge and worked really hard to draw the plans an elevations of an archetypal hotel room. They dressed in black so they could take photos of themselves against the backdrop they had just drawn at 1:1 scale. Possibly a little ambitious in the time, 2 hours, but I’d rather that then something that was too easy…..right?
I received some good news from my agent Chris at Greene and Heaton who has successfully brokered a contract with the largest book publisher in the world Penguin Random House to publish the book of Ordinary Made Extraordinary, available in Spring 2014. I am really excited to work with such a great editor and company for my first book. The book itself will contain step by step guides outlining how to make some of my designs yourself. My aim is to create a book, not for professional designers but for anyone from 10 years old to 100 years old who loves making things and to inspire people to use their creativity to make useful things.