Mark Reddy has had numerous creative careers: as a magazine illustrator, a prop maker for TV shows, and an art director for creative agencies. “It was as high-flying as you could get,” he laughs. But he became disillusioned and found himself on a quest to simplify his life, and return to making things for his own enjoyment, while also reconnecting with nature.
“I got trapped in an endless array of committees, caught in the maelstrom of bureaucracy,” Mark remembers. With the money he made from his career, Mark bought a patch of woodland in Kent. “It was a place to go and think, to just ‘be’,” he says. “I had a clearing with a rudimentary shelter, and the wood around me became my therapy. It brought me back to making things with my hands, and on that journey, I discovered the spoon. Sitting round a campfire carving, I realised they represent everything I need as an artist.”