Dave’s first qualification following a Fine Art Foundation Course was a Diploma in Applied Design, covering technical drawing and natural history illustration but specialising in model making.
Throughout a busy career in graphic design he has kept up a passionate interest in the subject, leading to a number of valuable commissions, some of which still command their place in museums around the region. The love of border history and vernacular architecture reveals numerous bastles and pele towers, in various scales and different media, including the large cutaway version displayed at Hexham Old Gaol Museum of Border History. Architecture remains a prominent thread in the cross section of Kielder dam and the Ryhope pavilion, development models for industrial units at Saltburn and a proposed new art & design block for Kings School, Tynemouth. The huge coal drop and spout model, based on a Georgian watercolour, was purchased by Tyne & Wear Museums, as was the geological relief map of the North East. Northumbria tourism was supported by a large commission from Gosforth Park Hotel. More recent work includes the 1:120 scale impression of Harbottle Castle c.1500 and a private commission of the unique ‘Onion Trebuchet’!
While it is not the core business of Kimmerston Design, there is always a time and place for the third dimension.