Never being a person to settle on one creative discipline, over the years (alongside my career in teaching) I have produced work under various creative monikers including: Grooveware and Short Supply. As well as my musical output, I have always tried to develop my 2D and 3D art, ranging from jewellery and wood-carving to photography and printing. I have written and performed poetry and short stories. During my time in education, I built up somewhat of a reputation for cultivating creativity in the classroom, inspiring children particularly through the use of digital technologies, incorporating film and animation. These always had a strong element of wordplay and rhythm within them.
I continue to perform regularly both with the ‘Rotherham Rogues’ and ‘Meadowland’, as well as collaborating and recording original music under the name of ‘Bent Lathes’. As a member of ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance) I am also further developing my artistic output, working on 2D and 3D pieces using wood and cardboard.
For me, an idea in one discipline can more often than not, spark an idea in another discipline, which in turn, makes a connection to another. I have always been fascinated by myths, legends and folklore and particularly by contrasts and anomalies; a hippie who pulls off high-end business deals; a heavy metal kid that likes folk music; poppies at the side of the motorway; boundaries that are clearly not recognised; and how elements that, whilst at first seemingly disparate, can come together to force a new way of looking at the world.
Nature always wins…