Automata Maker and illustrator Sophie Naylor takes inspiration from British culture, historical inventions, gadgetry, contraptions, and nostalgic eras. She likes to depict ‘Britishness’ in an eccentric, quirky, humorous context. This limited edition piece, Man’s Best Friend, is was available to buy from Sophie. H: 20cm W:17.5cm D: 10.5cm Sophie has also created a wonderful marble-run […]
Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move by Keisuke Saka is now available. Keisuke Saka is one of Japan’s most honoured paper engineers. His beautiful designs are thoughtful with only a few moving parts, yet producing elegant movement. This book makes a great gift. It includes these two; ‘Teeter Totter’ (an adorable robot […]
This evening we have a new piece by Keith Newstead, a re-working of the classic piece, ‘Love is Blind’. This lovely cut brass Cupid has a removable blindfold, and has strewn his arrows around hoping for the right target. The perfect Valentines gift . Available to order now for delivery in January 2011. Height 22cm […]
Contraption maker extraordinaire Rob Higgs has built a chain reaction machine for the Kneehigh Theatre’s production of Hansel and Gretel at the Southbank Centre, London. Performances are 16th December to 2nd January 2011. Rob appeared on BBC TV this week with a specially designed machine for Blue Peter. It was available to watch on […]
Carlos Zapata has been exploring the idea of Carnival further. He is making a series of small figures inspired by the colourful costumes and characters found in a typical South American carnival. The first in the series is ‘Birdman’ which has a beautiful fluttering wing action. 21 cm High (8 Inches) £150 Sold.