The artist’s studio and workshop has been largely completed single-handedly by Arthur De Mowbray, sculptor and chainsaw woodcarver, for his mother Tam De Mowbrary who is an octogenarian and still working hard on her graphical artworks; she has never before had a dedicated studio, filled with daylight, and fully insulated!
Her new studio overlooks beautiful woodlands and the family’s herd of alpaca, from which wool is harvested for weaving.
The studio is built from small I joists and insulated with recycled cotton from Inno Therm. Arthur lets nothing go to waste, he has used the innotherm pallets to make the internal cupboard doors.
We are now moving on to phase 3, a circular straw bale or light earth workshop for Arthur himself, with complex reciprocal roof construction supporting insulation and sedum finish with a central oculus. We are working with the amazing Philip Cooper of CAR engineers, with whom we co-designed the Pines Calyx which had the UK first ever timbrel vaulted roof domes, sitting on rammed chalk walls.