What do you love about your craft?
Creating automata encompasses all the skills I’m fascinated in: movement, mechanics, humour, storytelling, colour, caricature. Also, I love to see people’s reactions and to witness people of all ages laughing and smiling. This is the most rewarding feeling.
How do you define well made?
It means patience, consideration and care have gone into the making process. Mistakes may have been made along the way, but pure determination and concentration has kept the focus alive. It means that the finished object is near immaculate, both inside and out.
One thing about your work that people don’t normally know?
I enjoy improvisation. Give me a piece of junk or a discarded item, and I relish the challenge of trying to transform it into something new and different. When I design and create a machine, I start with an idea which usually evolves as the piece develops.
What are your sources of inspiration?
People watching, capturing a moment in time like a photograph still, and replaying that moment over and over again. Early automatons were the forerunners to computers, whereby a series of instructions are followed again and again. I find this repetitive action satisfying.