Monday, 30 July 2012


We were delighted to be invited to work with Port Eliot festival again this year

The house


The queens beasts

Working with Micheal Howells the Creative Director for the festival

We were asked to create The Queens Beasts for the orangery venue, these are heraldic creatures-  

The Queen's Beasts are ten heraldic statues depicting the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II. They were commissioned by the British Ministry of Works from sculptor James Woodford (who was paid the sum of £2,750 for the work) to stand in front of the temporary annex to Westminster Abbey for the Queen's coronation in 1953. The beasts are some six-foot (1.83 m) high, cast in plaster, and could not therefore be left in the open air. The beasts are: the lion of England, the griffin of Edward III, the falcon of the Plantagenets, the black bull of Clarence, the yale of Beaufort, the white lion of Mortimer, the White Greyhound of Richmond, the red dragon of Wales, the unicorn of Scotland, and the white horse of Hanover.

Test of the Yale

Another project was for the Bowling Green Marquee Micheal asked us to develop some trees made from books the Uni Library kindly gave us some duplicate law books ideal for lazer cutting oak leaves.

Making clusters of oak leaves

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Working in the orangery on the beasts

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Jon Drori telling us about ‘The strange and saucy tricks that flowers play’

Jon is a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Woodland Trust and Wildscreen. He’s a Visiting Professor at Bristol University, specialising in misconceptions in science and in the uses of technology for learning

party on

Jon Ronson author of amongst other things of Men who Stare at Goats 

The BAFTA winning actor Dominic West and Gavin Pretor-Pinney author of the brilliant Cloud spotters Guide

Dominic West

Tracey Chevalier author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring

The private view for Contemporary Crafts final Summer Degree show.

This year we had a great evening, busy as usual with plenty of admiring visitors, they were not just looking there were sales too!