Tin Automata Commissions

‘Move It’ Ramayana Automata.

John was commissioned to make five printed tin automata in response to the Hindu tale of Ramayana by Mythstories Museum. The project was funded by NESTA and sort to explore different methods of telling narrative that did not rely on text based interpretation. The project brought together a maker, fine and performing artists to make responses to the story.

Initial ideas for the project were generated through a workshop with adult Lifeskill students at Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology. This lead to the production of a series of printed card maquettes.

‘Burning Lanka’ card maquette.

The chosen designs were then developed into the printed tin automata, the five works focusing in on key sections from the story. The work now forms part of the permanent Ramayana exhibition at Mythstories Museum, Shropshire.

‘Burning Lanka’
‘Flying Chariot’
‘Elephant Procession’

‘Over Sands’ Cartmel Gatehouse Heritage Centre

A commission for a printed tin automata donations feature for Cartmel Gatehouse Heritage Centre, Cumbria. The work had a dual purpose of providing the heritage centre with revenue whilst at the same time providing a means for visitors to interpret key historical artefacts and locations within the centre and village. The work was show cased at the Crafts Council’s Chelsea Crafts Fair in November 2001.

‘Oversands’ automaton donation feature

‘Go by Bus’ Valuing the Arts Scheme

John was commissioned to produce an automata for Shropshire County Council’s Valuing the Arts scheme. The scheme commissioned work by a range of artists and makers to create an exhibition that toured schools in rural Shropshire. The project also included residencies in order to promote an understanding of why artists/craftspeople make, and the methods they employ. The commission received critical review by Liz Hoggard in Crafts Magazine, December 1998. The article reviewed the work for the project and disseminated information concerning his wider working practice.

‘Go by Bus’