Mundane Scene

Here is a video of something from Austria. Looking at the Magic in the everyday.




I’ve been looking at how I walk.



I’m back in the Salzamt Linz, Austria.

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I’m in residence in beautiful Suffolk for a short time in the lead up to the Alde Valley Festival, I am turning deer hides into buckskins that would otherwise go to waste from the annual deer cull. The process uses local deer hide, wood ash and cider to turn them into a hard wearing material.

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Here is an object from round one in the Salzamt in Linz, Austria. I will be back there in September for round two!

Residency at the Salzamt

eternal spireI am in residence at the Salzamt Atelierhaus in Linz, Austria. A little this spring and some more in September. More to come.


Here are some pictures of the piece “Waiting, Watching & Waiting” from YOU MOVE ME with Jo Lathwood and the Antlers gallery. Go and see it at the Create Centre! All images are by Paul Blakemore.

bowl - Antlers - Paul Blakemore

People - Antlers - Paul Blakemore

Mechanism - Antlers - Paul Blakemore

water pattern - Antlers - Paul Blakemore

Full Table - Antlers - Paul Blakemore



Images by Paul Blakemore

You Move Me will open on friday the 28th November!

Jo Lathwood has made a river themed installation for you to explore and I have made a piece of treasure to find  along the way, along side artists: Laurie Lax, Helen Jones, and Olivia Jones.

You Move Me is a new group exhibition by Antlers Gallery. Images by Paul Blakemore

OPEN: 29 November – 23 December 20145 – 10 January 2015 (closed for Christmas/ New Year)

TIMES: Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm / Saturday and Sunday 12am – 4pm

LOCATION: Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Spike Island, Bristol, BS1 6XN. Here is a map.


*All events are free – but spaces are limited so pleases RSVP to:-

Preview: Friday 28 November, 6 – 9pm

All Artist Tour of Exhibition (1) : Saturday 6th December, 2pm

Jo Lathwood Artist Tool Kit : Wednesday 10th December, 6.30pm

Jo Lathwood Artist Talk : Saturday 20th December, 2pm

All Artist Tour of Exhibition (2) : Wednesday 7th January, 6.30pm


This summer I had the pleasure of working with Caitlin Shepherd designing and building a touring structure for “Sanctuary”. The space was a focal point to hold a sound installation exploring people’s idea of sanctuary.


photo 04_build scaff

photo 05_sanctuary poem board

photo 15_forest shed mid

photo 18_people inside mid

photo 28_giles wide in shed

The cabin had one window opening up to the sky.

photo 29_giles mid with slide

photo 30_tabi with slide

Pictures thanks to Amy Rose.


bone tools

I’ve just come back from a course in primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. It was a very special treat. We worked with flint knives, we killed, ate and worked a lamb. Creating and tanning hides, cordage, pouches, broth and bone tools like the ones pictured. We picked plants, shared stories and walked together. It was great!

It feels relevant to share this here as I’ve found these techniques hugely inspirational, people who have taken the time to learn and test these crafts have a great simplicity, honesty and skill. It gives such an insight into the history of technology, our environment and human ability.

You can watch a video about Lynx here. I think it’s in French (I haven’t watched the other videos out there on the internet).


We went into a cave using a lamp made from the fat of this candle. Lynx had found the beautiful carved bowl in the cave.


We used the guts from the lamb to make cordage and tanned the stomach after tanning. It looks grim but was incredibly sensual and hands on. I’m used to discarding these bits so this opened up a whole new world of plastic replacements.


We made flint saws and used them to cut wood and meat. There were as sharp as a razor and seemed best used as a saw.


Flint knives in action.


Research Box

Somewhere in a Kentish woodland I have been looking at ways to make Pine needle blankets. You may have noticed, pine woodland as a quieter, insulated space that is warmer to sleep under. I wanted to make something simple and repetitive to celebrate this, and so the pine needle blanket came into being.

I am fully committed to it now and have much more to make! Luckily I have a supply of the needles being delivered by post. Many, many thanks to those involved in hosting my stay in the woodland. Updates of the blanket will be posted here.

Creation station

back side of blanket

draped on a chair


Pool of leaves

Wild City opened today at the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol. Scenes of the Northern Slopes; Knowle West open green spaces, were composed from photos groups had taken through out the year and put into boxes to be hung at the centre and in the community. Landscape images are being projected at human height to you can walk into the images.

It will be in the gallery space at the Media Centre until early May when they will be taken out into shops and homes with directions on how to get to the Northern Slopes.

It’s open to everyone Monday – Friday. best to call in advance incase the space is being used.




Girl looking at the boxes



For the next piece I will be working on I’ve been to visit Campbell Young Associates in Bristol to discover the art of wig making. 

Hairs are aligned using a very impressive brush of sharp nails, keeping the thick tops of the hairs and thinner lighter ends in place. The mesh base is moulded to an individuals head and then individual strands of human hair are knotted into place taking growth direction and density of hair into account. 



Each head has its own form to work the wig on. They used to be made in wood like this one but have been replaced by styrofoam.





WILD CITY at the Knowle West Media Centre


I will be joining the Knowle West media Centre and the Guardians of the Northern Slopes to create an exhibition using photographic perspectives of the people in the area. The centre is an amazing space that has grown out of the local community and gives people access to digital technology. The residency will run between February and March 2014 and I’m very much looking forward to working with them.

The image comes from Wildfest! 2013 on the Northerns Slopes.

Object Atelier in Bristol!


Object Atelier took the family of interactive furniture to four new homes in Bristol. The Rocking bench to a dentist, the Balance table to a theatre, the Tapas table to a bar and the puppet table to a school. They all gathered together at the Tobacco Factory for the weekend market. Take a look at more images of the pieces here or read about our journey here

Able Table


We installed the puppet table at Begbrook Primary Academy in Bristol, transforming it into a drawing table complete with illustrated table cloth. All colouring pens are attached to each other to make a game of interaction and cooperation. Come and see it at the Tobacco Factory on the 10th February!




I’ve just spent a fantastic Norweigan winter at NKD in Dale. It was a great pleasure to share time and inspirations with Anna van Stuijvenberg, Barbara Caveng and of course Simon Jones.  More pictures are up here and here.

It’s left me speechless.


Scuttling Stool


I’ve tried to make a stool based on the process of greenwood broom making. It’s ended up shuffling around the studio as quite a little character, hanging out with the plastic brushes. I don’t like the way it’s turned out but it’s humoured me.


Mobilier Interactif

Created Object Atelier with Alexandra Parry. Building a family of interactive pieces and inspirations. The latests pieces were taken on an excursion of a french market to be tested out and talked with. See more images of the pieces here.

Wooden Shoes


Whilst researching for Object Atelier, Alex and I chanced up an old clog making barn in the pyrenees, and was given a tour my the son of the maker. The barn was frozen in time so we could capture the process through the blanks left over. The arrival of plastic shoes and wellies rendered wooden shoe and their makers obsolete, there is one remaining workshop in the Ariege. They are surprisingly comfortable and effective at keeping out cold and mud.