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it along, the emerging flower spins, bobs up and down or wobbles from side to side. It is meant to engage the diner in conversation should the guest next to you be slightly boring!


My son Alexander had some influence on the design of ‘Loco’. His Hornby train was set up for months on the dinner table and not daring to dismantle it, we set the table around it, giggling as we put the salt or pepper on a carriage and started it up. Then it got slightly more serious… or frivolous, I’m not sure which really. As a family we would sit and watch the David Attenborough nature series on Sunday evenings. I was particularly drawn to ‘The Private Life of Plants’. The idea that the seed or plant can travel for thousands of miles via the wind, sea or air fascinated me.


I had already started to look at the form of a seed, pollen and plant – this combined with automation gave me the basis of my design. Cogs and cams are used to represent the movement of the flower growing from the seed or pod. The idea for this came from the time-lapse camera used to film the flower growing. The name Loco-Commotion was a play on words; Loco - train, ‘motion’ -movement; Commotion – slightly fussy and mad.


I have new designs for an automated chess set. I just need a sponsor, mainly for the material costs.


You work with a lot of different materials – which do you like working with the most? I work with many materials but fine metal is my absolute favourite


medium. I love being able to manipulate it into many shapes and forms.


Autumn 2010 | ukhandmade | 35


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