“When I was a boy my Dad used to take me on visits to the Scarborough Lifeboat station where they had the most magnificent and powerful boat I had ever seen, surrounded by true stories of heroic seamanship stretching back to 1801.
My dad must have known at the time that he couldn’t have taken me to a more inspiring place, but he wouldn’t have known that many years later I would be asked by that same great British institution to help them design a collection of giftware that would raise money towards the next generation of super hi-tech boats.
My studio worked closely with the RNLI team and together we created 2 very successful collections called Signs of The Sea (based on the original British invention of the flag code) and Attention All Shipping (based on the classic BBC Radio 4 shipping forecast with a slight nod to the wit of Stephen Fry!).
It was all great fun, beautifully made and besides raising some very worthwhile cash towards the great cause of saving lives at sea, I hope brought a ‘smile to the mind’ of all those who purchased or received something from the collection.” – Nick