My own studio is down near the harbour of Aberdeen, in the loft of an old gas works building. The street is a collection of small industrial units, manufacturing and engineering services, as well as many individual little enterprises. I love the place, it’s filled with colourful people, strange quirks and weird habits, leading to many a good tale over the years. I have a view of the North Sea and can sometimes see oil rigs in the distance, as well as vessels for the oil and gas industry lying in wait for their place at the docks of Aberdeen Harbour.
During the summer of 2014 I went down to the docks one day to do some sketching, and after that I kept returning to the shipyards drawing in the middle of swinging cranes, cherry pickers, trucks and vessels. This is where I realised the huge potential of tackling work based around heritage, industries and landmarks. With the important service ship harbour port serving offshore oil rigs, Aberdeen consists of significant landmarks, all on my door step next to my studio and thus in retrospect an obvious place to start.
Tymor Marine, a Naval Architecture Consultancy, do a lot of work in and around Aberdeen Harbour, they are my next-door neighbours in the loft studio, patron to my art practice and collaborators. More of that in the next post!
Photos by Tymor Marine.