After studying Illustration and working as a freelance Illustrator for a couple of years, new member Tim Summers began working for artists and fabricating work for them, which he has now been doing for 10 years. It was during this time that he realised that he loved making things and he wanted to spend more of his time doing this.
Once graduating from the CASS Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture with a BA in Furniture and Products, Summers proceeded to make various pieces, the one piece that stood out among the rest was his Flip Desk. ‘I designed and made it a couple of years ago but it won the Heal’s Discovers 2016 competition last year. Heal’s are now producing it and its for sale in their Tottenham Court Road store and online. The brief was to design a piece of furniture that fitted into their Ambrose range, so I used my own experience of compact London living and developed a semi-permanent desk for multi-functional spaces that could be folded away quickly and easily. The process involved developing multiple prototypes and honing each one until I had the right balance of functionality and form.‘
He joined Blackhorse after looking for somewhere with a strong community and a good workshop. “Blackhorse is affordable, convenient and has provided a place that I can come to everyday and think, make, experiment, and sometimes even make money. It is the perfect platform at this stage to enable me to work on whatever projects I need to. It’s great to be surrounded by such a busy and enthusiastic community of fellow makers. The café also serves great coffee so it ticks all the boxes!”
Tim has currently started working on a commission for a Library in Hampstead and along with 8 months of business mentoring with the Crafts Council under their Hothouse scheme.
If you want to hear more about his work, projects and success with Kickstarer, Tim will be discussing his work at this week’s Show & Tell event on Thurs 2nd Feb from 6pm alongside Wilson Palmer Furniture. All welcome.