Alec & Fiona have designed and made numerous notable works in Parish Churches and Cathedrals throughout the British Isles and abroad, always fashioning the finest hand-carved lettering and often combining it with relief carving and heraldry, designing with due sensitivity to the architectural setting. They are available to give advice and guidance ahead of the design process, letting the individual circumstances dictate the inspiration for the work.
The Artists invite enquiries for new and innovative schemes, exploring the relationship between hand worked craftsmanship and architecture. Past commissions have involved projects varying from decorative metal screens for a new school building, employing state-of-the-art techniques, to stone carved gargoyles for Oxford University's ancient Bodleian Library. They have a long experience of collaborating with Architects, public institutions and individuals in working up and producing exciting solutions for the traditional or contemporary setting.
All memorials are individually designed and carved by hand in close consultation with the client, using mainly British stones or slate. Current stringent churchyard regulations need not be a barrier to imaginative creativity.
Three-dimensional work ranges from the figurative to the boldly experimental. Innovative sculptures have been exhibited in many prominent venues and several are held in prestigious private and public collections, including the National Collection of British Craft.
Over the years, Alec & Fiona have been engaged in many Public Art Projects throughout the British Isles. The projects often start with being invited to respond quickly to a specific brief. They will develop their ideas into an overall concept, within a set budget. The final stage involves the creation of the work in collaboration with architects, contractors, local authority staff and members of the community. Alec has a particular interest in poetry and has made use of a wealth of literary sources to create original works in the public arena. Not only has he drawn on historical quotations to provide poignant content, on many occasions he has commissioned contemporary writers to create new poetry as part of the artwork.
A contemplative feature can enhance any garden setting. Salient quotations can be gathered from literature or be commissioned from contemporary writers. The size and shape of the material can inform the design process and inspire the composition. The use of stone echos the sense of permanence and depth of meaning. You can see our portfolio of Garden Features for more examples...