Monday, 30 April 2012
Sunday, 29 April 2012
As my grandfather's work can be found all over the country we thought it would be nice to create two maps - one of England, and one of Oxfordshire - to show the general distribution of his furniture in churches, colleges and schools. I just love maps, and it gave me a chance to practice my skills on Illustrator!
As I wrote a coupe of months ago, I have been compiling a coffee-table book documenting my grandfather's profession as a cabinet-maker. The book 'Richard Fyson - Cabinet Maker, Legacy of a Master Craftsman', is full of photographs of his work. It includes items made for churches, schools, universities, colleges and domestic use, as well as antique restoration. My grandfather made the beautiful altar below for Kencot Church in Oxfordshire. The grapes are inlaid in ebony and the leaves in boxwood. My Granny wrote a poem about Kencot Church and I have used the grapes and leaves depicted on the altar to create a decorative border for the poem. The book will be going to print tomorrow which is very exciting!
A few weeks ago I was commissioned to illustrate a mother's day poem for Rebecca Taylor. She will soon be launching a new company - The One and only Story People - writing and illustrating personalised children's books. I will be involved with illustrating the stories which is all very exciting! Here is the poem . . .