Mark Twain was a regular visitor to Bermuda.
When Gavin Wilson decided to do a one-person show as Twain, he asked me to make him a linen suit for the performance. I then learnt how to make a prosthetic nose to present a more believable likeness.
Gavin is a consummate actor and I've loved working with him to make Twain memorable to so many people
Lockjaw Aloysius Fox is a product of Gavin Wilson's fertile imagination. He came into being as a result of Gavin's many experiences with the idiosyncratic St. David's Islanders, who until relatively recently were cut off from mainland Bermuda. Lockjaw is seen here un-typically promoting Christmas, although he has been known to decorate his tree solely with beer bottle tops. He now has a dedicated following, who almost forget he's made of rubber and fabric, because he is such a convincingly opinionated old curmudgeon.
I was asked to make a wild boar's head for a production of Lord of the Flies, and this gruesome monster, known as "Pig on a Stick" was the result. I figured some nasty little boy might have poked out the right eye during the pig's decapitation.
My enthusiasm over making the tusks and dental work means that my dentist now has a copy of the lower jaw with which to promote "good tooth brushing".
Nowadays, Pig on a Stick, with his right eye repaired, lives on my studio wall chomping on a cigar and wearing my gardening hat.
This 1890's dress was designed for Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest". Having learnt that nothing is quite so sumptuous on stage as silk, this was the fabric from which I chose to make the ladies' dresses.
As it happens, this particular silk dress and the parasol were then covered with Nottingham lace, a product of my birthplace. Searching for the fabrics and feathers to make a convincing portrayal of the era was enormous fun.