Society of Designer Craftsmen 

I became a Licentiate member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen in 2009 after exhibiting my work at New Designers. I am now a full member of The Society.

The Society promotes and supports the work of creative thinkers, designers and makers who continue to innovate in the crafts through their exploration of materials and skills.

I am listed under Mixed Media. 

Suffolk Craft Society

In 2010 I was accepted on the Suffolk Craft Society's Making It scheme as an Associate Member with metal as my discipline.  Over time my practice has evolved to include other materials.  I remained a full member until 2018.

'Life and Times' Public Art Commission

I was commissioned by Higgins Homes to create an artwork for their new housing development in Chelmsford Essex.

The Parva Green development is located next to an area of historic importance, the site of an Anglo-Saxon burial from the early 7th century AD. At the end of Saxon Way is an earth mound which was discovered in 1888 to be an early Saxon Princely burial - this is known as The Broomfield Burial.

The public artwork incorporated into the Parva Green development has been created to link the development to this historic site, in order to make a unique and inspiring place and to enhance the experience of local people and the community.

Inspired by the Anglo-Saxons, the artwork has been created to reflect a story of the times.

My artwork, 'Life and Times' was installed in April 2021.

ENAS Commission 2015

The ENAS (Essex Network of Artist Studios) commissioning programme was set up to enable artists to either create a collaborative work/s or work that demonstrated a creative dialogue.  Commissions would enable artists to test out ideas, take risks, explore new ways of working and broaden their scope of work.

ENAS provided opportunities for artists to make new work and offered exhibition opportunities, enhance profiles for artists and increase audiences for art in Essex.  All commissioned outcomes exhibited at The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow during September/October 2015 as part of the ENAS Events programme. 

I was selected for one of the two collaborative commissions for 2015, with Jon Lewis, a glass blower based at Parndon Mill Studios, Harlow. 

Epping Forest Field Centre-40th anniversary

The Epping Forest Field Centre celebrated its 40th anniversary this September (2011). I created a wire sculpture based upon a map of the area to mark the occasion.

I took my inspiration for the work from the Ordnance Survey Map of the area, using roads to determine the shape of a tree. Having first cut the map to resemble a tree form I then drew around the shape with galvanised steel wire to create a framework and then coloured in the form using coloured copper wires.

The wire map is displayed in the Field Centre's reception area as part of the celebrations.

Paul's Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex. IG10 4AF

For images of the work see Sculpture page, sculpture-wire.

TV - Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution
Tuesday 10th October 2012 3.45pm BBC2 (2nd episode)

I was selected to attend filming (July 2012) for a new TV series about traditional crafts and how they have been continued in the UK over the centuries and adapted according to modern tastes and technology. The series will be a celebration and an appreciation of handmade items and the craftspeople that make them. The programmes will be shown every week day afternoon at 3.45pm on BBC2 over a two week period commencing Monday 9th October and I will be featured talking about my work in the 2nd episode. I took with me the first forged steel tree I made for my degree, three years ago and spoke about how and why I made the work. Since creating this piece I have expanded the range; adapting the forms, increasing the scale, creating roots for support and experimenting with different leaf shapes.

Craft and Design Magazine

Issue 210 - July/August 2010 have published an article about my work, pages 82 & 83.

Issue 221 - May/June 2012. My work is featured on page 28 - Living Crafts Promotes Emerging Designer-Maker Pavilion, Hatfield House.

Issue 222 - July/August 2012. Images of The Festival of Living Crafts, Hatfield House, p.19.

Craft Finder Blog

Craft Finder- was an online information resource.

Dixie Nichols wrote a blog featuring my work, 29th October 2013.

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