"Autumn Leaves", mixed media collage on cardboard, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

Autumn Leaves

This was an exploration of Autumn. What would Autumn be without a little bit of John Keats: SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness! Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, 5 And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, 10 For Summer has…

"The Swineherd's Yellow Fox: Detail", 170x23cm, Acrylic & Ink on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

The Swineherd’s Yellow Fox (detail)

Based entirely on the poem “The Swineherd” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (also used as inspiration here). The detail above shows part of the 170cm long work on paper. I wanted to incorporate a lot of repeating motifs and I liked the idea of the yellow fox literally hiding and reappearing.

Rhymes Nursery, Birmingham

Large scale mural exploring Healthy Eating concepts and the Lifecycle. Designed for pre-school children. I included interactive elements such as changing the shoes on the caterpillar so they can be used for a counting game, also ‘spot the difference’ images. The idea was taken from the book “The Hungry Caterpillar” and adapted to run around the nursery walls, the caterpillar grows as he eats healthy food (and a few sneaky chocolates) before going into a chrysalis and emerging as a beautiful butterfly. The best part was seeing the reaction from the excited bunch of toddlers who had been watching me…

"Treeman Holding the Fox", 297x420mm, paint marker, ink and pencil on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

Treeman Holding the Fox

This image was based around the Treemen’s woods idea. Following on from the sketchbook images and pieces that were inspired by the combination of “Who Killed Cock Robin?” and “The Swineherd“. When all this is over, said the swineherd, I mean to retire, where Nobody will have heard about my special skills And conversation is mainly about the weather. I intend to learn how to make coffee, as least as well As the Portuguese lay-sister in the kitchen And polish the brass fenders every day. I want to lie awake at night Listening to cream crawling to the top of…

"Treemen and A Rev. Rook", 297x420mm, paint marker, ink and pencil on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

Treemen And A Rev. Rook

Using studies of Using models Gary, Paul and Tim as a basis for the figures I was also inspired by the Old Oak Tree. The Old Oak Tree on my grandmother’s drive really looked as if it had faces in it, as a child I remember it looming over me, a massive structure in wood. The tree was fairly covered with twisted ivy. There was another old pear tree in my parent’s garden which was so covered in ivy the tree inside had died. I watched it fall down in a storm, watching through the window with my brother. It…

Red Tree Label

I enjoy working with materials to see their properties. This is a large sketchbook piece based on mock croc skin red paper. Using the paper as the guide I coloured in the tree with paint pens. Exploring pop ups, labels and interactive book qualities I added the label. I love creating pieces you can interact with and change. This study went on to develop into the intricate Papercut collage Red Tree.