What a year 2016 turned out to be. I think I will always remember 2016 as a year of division, a year of divided opinions across countries and a divided nation choosing to isolate itself from its neighbours. All in all I’m happy to see the back of 2016, this brand new year, only a few days old, currently provides a brief opportunity for optimism, 2017 has to be better than 2016 right?!
Amongst all the unsettling news I managed to work with some incredible people last year, some of them now long term friends that I have worked with on many projects, and some inspiring new people I hope to work with on many projects in the years to come. One particular project that will dominate my memories of 2016 was mine and Alma Haser's Cosmic Surgery project, it’s successful Kickstarter campaign and the design and making that followed took over so much of our time, now that it is over there is part of me that still wishes it was going on.
My year was also defined by adventures, spending my time walking across the country, hiking in the mountains, surviving a thunder storm and 1000’s of aggressive midges in Scotland with my trusty adventure companion and human midge sacrifice Curtis James. Me and Felicity, the other half of the This Way team, finally launched our first map detailing routes that can be walked connecting Brighton to Lewes. Part of our long term plan to find ways that being outside can be described as part of our work.
As always my aim for this new year is to work with amazing people working on unusual projects and to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I’m also hoping to find myself crossing the Atlantic by cargo ship in the spring (but more on this one later if it happens). As a result of such a terrible year I’m desperately trying to find some people to work with that are trying to make some kind of positive social change. I’m desperate to put my skills to good use with the idea that this might help keep me sane in 2017. Please email me if any projects or people spring to mind.