IMG_2578So I had an idea that it would be a nice idea to run my own optical store from a market. I had been doodling little shops for years… so when a market space came up in Netil Yard and I had the chance of making a permanent little structure, I went for it. The initial philosophy behind it was that it does not have to be massive to work as a shop. I mean, how big is a pair of spectacles anyway! I have long been a fan of the corrugated tin churches. I love the idea that you can worship in a tiny flat pack church or in a cathedral… In the end you are doing the same thing…

So I had my philosophy and my aesthetics, and then it was time to make it happen… I designed my building quite quickly as I knew that I wanted an open space inside a veranda and a bell tower! I looked around for people to make it but everything was far too prescriptive, too expensive, and not home made, and I really knew what I wanted it to be. Then very luckily I met up with a friend Adam, who said he was totally up for helping build it out of found materials as such was budget at the time… I collected pallets and doors from all over London, making a massive stockpile in my art studio yard. It was at this point that I thought that I would send off to George Clarkes Amazing Spaces. I knew we could make something beautiful and that it would be an exciting journey.

George Clarke’s is my favorite programme. I love that the premise is all about low budget dreaming and fantasy. I thought it would kind of fit and now I had help to build, why not! Anyway to cut a long story short we got on the programme and then found Regi who had previously made buildings at the yard… so we all didn’t know each other well or at all but the dream team was born. It took us three weeks… mostly in the rain with cameras following us everywhere… but in three weeks the shop was standing and open for business.