An Arts council-funded, prize-winning artist, and member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, Edward is also a painter, engraver and emerging coppersmith. Edward’s desire to understand the materials he is working with as completely as possible means that Edward immerses himself in his practices—from understanding and participating in the creation of the materials, to the cultural history of each practice. In this vein, Edward has gone on rope-making courses and has subsequently built his own rope-maker that now stands in his West Country studio.
Having graduated with BA First Class (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Lincoln, he subsequently achieved a Foundation Degree in Art Therapy from Insider Arts. Since graduating, Edward has enjoyed residencies at The Observatory in Burton, Bradstock, and exhibited solo shows at a number of galleries, such as The Usher Gallery, Lincoln; the University of Exeter; and the Artspace in Bath. His work has also featured in a number of group exhibitions including Unstable Ground at Studio Kind in Braunton, North Devon; Weird, Wild and Wonderful – The Myth, Relics and Folklore of North Devon at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon; as well as Art, Architecture and The Observatory at the Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, London.
Edward has long held the desire to secure the long-term survival of ‘endangered’ crafts in his local area. For his latest group exhibition, The Arts Council funded In A New Light, which Ed co-curated with his partner and filmmaker, Jess Pearson, local artists were encouraged to collaborate and exchange skills ‘between crafts’. Skilled craftsmen taught endangered techniques such as coppersmithing, ceramics and gilding to contemporary makers—painters, artists, and carpenters––who employed these skills in new creations to be preserved for a new generation. For the project, Edward created a ‘Vessel’ using hammered copper, rope and blackened wood to create sculptures focused on boat forms which appear to be transforming, as if on a voyage somewhere.
A skilled teacher and lecturer, Edward has taught a number of workshops, including the Mount Joy school in Dorset, where he encouraged the teenagers to get involved with ropework that was inspired by their school emblem and the ‘Dorset button’.
Edward’s work has also featured in various publications, including, Saunton – A Coastal Curation designed by Salt Media and The Anatomy of Shed by Jane Field-Lewis and Sir Paul Smith.