Bamboo Shoots make Head Roots

Bamboo rootsThese shaggy hand carved faces are produced from the roots of bamboo plants and they fit perfectly into many of our design philosophies.

They are ‘logical’, for the roots do look like hair formations.
They were once a wasted by-product following a bamboo harvest
They bring an extra income to those already producing Bamboo
They provide work for an artist alongside a farming business
They are designed with a degree of humour
They are well carved

We are devotees of maximising the potential of crops and skill bases, especially those from Rural Communities. In our own backyard, we have started ‘Rural Growth Wales’ to promote the start-up of local businesses around local resources. This will hopefully be a template for other communities to follow. Rural communities need your support, Worldwide.

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Painting after reading The Little Prince by Antoine de St.Exupery

Painting Inspired by the Little PrinceWhen not designing, I like to make headway on the ‘bigger picture’. Everything I read from The Little Prince to the Big Bug enters my larder of thoughts.

My conclusions about the Earth, Universe and Everything are still in the wash of course and will hopefully never be dried out and ironed. I am seized with astonishment when I speak to those that feel they can confidently place clean neat creases in all their understandings.

When my words risk segregating my thoughts, I turn to painting – an invaluable communication tool that I constantly promote. UK schools lump drawing and painting into Art lessons – what a waste. The first and best artists are hunters, still keen to cover fresh cave walls with news of their findings from the front line.

Thankfully, more people realise that the best role for an artist is to be out there searching for new understandings. The Turner Prize helps in many ways to support those Artists that have the nerve to push our comfort zones and test our nerves – we should all allow our nerves to be pushed forward a little each day.

And if you have not read the book that triggered off the above painting, please do so on my recommendation as a hunter-artist!

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