Yesterday was like Christmas all over again at Anorak Towers when we received a lovely package in the post: the fun-nest clock ever, a Boy Clock. Produced in birch plywood by the illustrator, Lawrence Slater, in a wood workshop in Bermondsey (London), this beauty also comes as a Girl Clock. Here, we catch up with Lawrence about the reasons for turning his hand at making things.
Anorak: Boy Clock/Girl Clock - where did the idea come from?
Lawrence: In the past I have worked in a workshop building things out of wood and wanted to reproduce my drawings in a 3d form. At the time it was important to me to make something with a function that had a purpose beyond decoration, a clock face seemed like the simplest and most obvious way to do this.
Anorak: Do you have plans to make more things in wood?
Lawrence: Wood is such a great material, I love it. For me it is very satisfying when pieces are cut to size, fit together neatly and are finished and sanded to a high level. I am always trying things out and making small sculptures, some good and some not so good. I have been working on prototypes of lamps for a while now, these are due to come out later in the year.
Anorak: Exciting! What illustration news/projects can you share with us?=
Lawrence: I am currently working on a small publication of drawings that is set to be published by Tan & Loose press, a small independent publisher in the USA.