AWOL + Fountains Abbey ice houses work

Hallo Hallo guten tag everyone. It’s been a while hasn’t it?! I’ve been away all over the bloomin country haven’t I. Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Bristol, Wales…it’s been pretty great and I’ve got lots of material for one of my weekly updates. SPEAKING OF WHICH, apologies for all the empty promises of giving you a bumper edition a few weeks ago, it’s been rather mad. But I hereby give you confirmation that I’ll be doing a fresh new packed post TOMORROW, on pain of death.

In other news, I had a lovely email from the folks at Fountains Abbey over in t’Yorkshire with some photos of my work up on their estate. They’ve recently conserved one of their 18th century ice houses and needed a Victorian style architectural cross sectional drawing of the the ice house inside.




They’ve done a great job on conserving the icehouse, and adds to the ever growing list of things to see at this World Heritage site.

Gorgeous Georgia

Sorry it’s been a while folks! I’ve been busy working in another job, but am glad to say that I’m back at my desk, and have taken up the pencil again (more on that soon).

I’ve got someone to introduce to you – Gorgeous Georgia! This is a character that I worked on over time whilst I was at Fountains Abbey, and these particular incarnations ended up in a children’s trail called ‘Talking without speaking’. The trail explored sign language in the 18th century and in the medieval times (Holy Henry was her medieval counterpart, and usual companion throughout the estate).

Gorgeous Georgia figures

In the 18th century, fans were used to speak for the ladies in polite company. In the clues above, Gorgeous Georgia is using her fan to say “Yes”, “No”, “We are friends”, “Go away”, and “I am sorry”.

Kudos if you can match up the phrases with the clues!