I was asked by the Crafts Council to produce a film and animation about cutting-edge furniture maker Gareth Neal.
The Crafts Council had given Gareth a small HD camera which he used to record his everyday activities for a week. I then interviewed Gareth and interspersed his answers with the footage he'd captured: books, tools, machinery, cups of tea...
The film is designed to be shown in a 'Craft Cube': a self-contained exhibition unit containing an object from the Crafts Council Collection. Visitors to the Gareth Neal cube will get to see the 'Anne'
console table - one of his defining works, and a triumphant marriage of tradition and technology.
The story of 'Anne' is told in this animation (actually a hybrid of stop-motion, live action and compositing) also on show in the Cube. For this I enlisted animators Joel Somerfield and Anthony Woodgate, who used original materials from Gareth's workshop to bring the manufacturing process to life:
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Gareth Neal's Craft Cube
arrives in Berlin this month.