Cob in the Community

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I was asked to design a website that promoted their work and was testament to their creativity. I designed the logo, promotional materials and coded the fully responsive site that acted as an online portfolio show casing their projects past and present. Alongside this I’m also the carpenter on site and produce 3D drawings for more complex projects.

Over 30% of the world’s population lives in earth made homes.

We are passionate about working with communities and with clay – in particular London clay because it’s readily available and too often destined for landfill. Anyone can get involved, from a 4-year-old to a granny. We work with our hands – and feet, and tarps, often assisted by the occasional robin.

If you need an oven or bespoke oven door, please get in touch.

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The Gaia Gallery

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The ‘Gaia Gallery’ project is a to refit of a 43 foot steel barge in such a way that it exists totally ‘off-grid.’ ‘Off-grid’ means that the boat will require no mains electrical, water or fuel input and no sewage output and will run solely off firewood and solar power generation.

Shortlisted for the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneurs Prize

www.gaiagallery.co.uk

Traditional building methods such as cob construction, carpentry and joinery will be married with cutting-edge technologies such as the latest in permaculture design processes such as rocket stove mass heating and rainwater harvesting. Through combining these different methods we are able to use predominately natural or recycled materials in the build making this a pioneering structure. I’ve also put together the website for this venture.

We feel beauty and functionality are routed in the materials we use – whether reclaimed, natural or sustainable.

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The Cob House – Meadow Orchard

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I donated some of my skills and expertise in ecological builds to the Meadow Orchard Project who are a dedicated growing creative, orientated around a healthy and sustainable community. This particular build involved a collection of techniques, from rammed tyres for the foundation to cob walls sitting alongside strawbale supporting walls. The roof of the build will be finished with pallet wood shingles and a living roof to fully immerse the build into the natural meadow located just off Crouch End high street.

A soulful space for workshops, classes, therapies, meetings and community events.

The foundations are laid with recycled crushed concrete; the frame and roof rafters are constructed with high-quality reclaimed timbers; the roof is clad with reclaimed pallet slats; the stem wall is made using rammed-earth recycled tyres; the south wall is a cob mix of clay, sand and straw; the north wall is straw-bales rendered with natural lime and clay plaster. A wooden floor has been laid with reclaimed boards on a floating sub-frame with recycled insulation underneath. The windows are reclaimed glass-frames or donated triple-glazed seconds. The doors and shutters are made from pallet wood and reclaimed timbers.

If you want to gain skills in eco-building, capentry, cob-building get in touch with the Meadow Orchard team.

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Mellow Chair

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From memories of leaning back in my chair I crafted a chair that drew inspiration of this ideal angle. Made from laminated strips of mahogany, it suited a relaxed interior or exterior environment.

Check out my furniture from reclaimed pallets.

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Sing London – Street Pianos

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During my time at Creative Orchestra, Sing London donated a piano to decorate with the aim of ‘uniting the City in Song’. From my initial sketch, there were few alterations from the original idea and I’m especially proud of the ‘tack face’ – spelling out their message – across the piano’s back.

Sing London produces participatory installations and events which aim to lift the public’s spirit

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Straw Bale House

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I spent some time in the forests of Lithuania, living off the land and learning the art of using straw bales in the construction of ecological homes. This project is on-going and I hope to return soon to help the team put on the finishing touches.

Straw bale homes can be beautiful as the natural material lends itself to multiple architectural styles.

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