Initially Andrew studied Painting and Printmaking in Brighton. He went on to study Printed Textile Design at the Central School of Art and Design, consequently worked for many years as a textile designer working for reputable companies such as Osborne and Little, Designers Guild and Calvin Klein. I think you get a real sense of this in his work.
After teaching at the Chelsea School of Art, Andrew became Head of the Printed Textile Department at the University of East London for fifteen years. His accreditations and work experiences are tremendous, working in India and more recently being commissioned via The National Lottery to produce a large lino-print for the foyer of the Cromer Museum in Norfolk.
At the root of all Andrew’s art is drawing, he draws every day and that is where his ideas start. He tells me that he also loves making things; “it is all the more rewarding when I can ‘up cycle’ and re-use something that was deemed junk, or a ‘found’ piece of old weathered boat. Each piece of art, be it a whale or a fish can therefore tell a story.”
She tells me: “one of the things we also love about yay retro! is the way you present your products, it’s very clever to couple them with vintage paper & fabric designs.” Both she and Andrew like the idea of injecting 1960s retro styling into their kitchen. They love the melamine trays at yay retro! with loud `flower-power` designs, and tell me that: “the trays have an obvious nostalgic appeal from childhood, and are now cool in their own right. We have several in Spain and they are fun and eye-catching. We also love anything with a fish design of course including the milk jug by Norwegian designer Figgjo Flint, and the Kaarina Aho fish plaque by Arabia, Finland which we bought several years ago from you”.
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