Func­tional art borne from a by­gone age

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

IN our pre­vi­ous Craft Cre­ations fea­ture, we spoke to Nick Tay­lor of Al­fie Dog Rings (inset).

As well as mak­ing fan­tas­tic items of jew­ellery from old ster­ling sil­ver coins and cut­lery, he also cre­ates unique pieces of func­tional art, such as beau­ti­ful lamps from pre 1940s brass fire hose noz­zles, old en­gine parts and even power tools!

Nick ex­plains more: “Af­ter coin rings I’d been look­ing to ex­plore my cre­ativ­ity fur­ther.

“I guess I’ve al­ways had an in­nate pas­sion from a young age to un­der­stand how things work, from re­mote con­trol cars and planes to restor­ing and cus- tomis­ing mo­tor­bikes.

“I now re­side in the peace­ful foothills of Snow­don, with the free­dom to ex­press my­self and let the cre­ativ­ity flow, and I’m in a po­si­tion where I can cre­ate my own de­signs from forggot­ten ob­jects oth­er­wise des­tined for land­fill and up cy­cle them into be­spoke func­tional pieces of aart.”

Nick also ex­per­i­ments with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, such as ply­wood, to make un­usual, quirky fur­ni­ture and beau­ti­ful mir­rors.

“I’ve turned this oth­er­wise bor­ing sheet ma­te­rial into be­spoke fur­ni­ture us­ing a tech­nique I’d pre­vi­ously learnt in Spain, where I lived for 10 years and where I met some cre­ative ec­centrics and learnt that crea- tiv­ity isn’t taught, it’s some­thing that flows with prac­tise and time. I’d been rat­tling slo­gans and lo­gos around in my head for a good year un­til one day it hit me, “Ev­ery­thing Tay­lor Made” it’s the per­fect brand name for what I do!

“All my Ev­ery­thing Tay­lor Made work now comes with its own iden­tity num­ber fea­tur­ing the year it was made and the item num­ber.

“I started on so­cial me­dia sites ad­ver­tis­ing my tal­ents, and pro­gressed to at­tend­ing lo­cal craft fairs. Now the Soul­ful Liv­ing Life­style shop in Beau­maris stock my rings and Echo Beach, also in Beau­maris, stock my other unique cre­ations.

● A work­top and, right and be­low, lamps made by Nick Tay­lor

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