Tell us about Grifshead…..
Grifshead was created whilst I was at University studying graphic design. After spending some time in New York working for DKNY and then back in the UK creating high profile branding, I decided I wanted to incorporate my love of Lego with my passion for art. As a graphic designer by trade and using my technical skills, I created an algorithm unique to Grifshead.
How do you work?
Each piece of art is one of a kind. Most are personal to my clients and represent portraits of their children or grandchildren or a much loved pet. In this instance a digital picture is sent to me and I then edit the design until I feel it represents exactly what the client wants. Sometimes a one to one conversation helps me gauge the exact feel that the clients wish me to capture.
Commissions are slightly different in that I am generally given a subject matter, and then come up with ideas and suggestions for the client. In the instance of The Pantry at 51 in Prestwood, they wanted a large feature piece that not only created a great impact with colour, but that was relevant to the local area and in keeping with their ethos of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. The end result was an iconic picture of David Bowie made out of locally sourced pre-loved lego pieces.
Depending on the size of the portraits it can take between 3-10 days to build using between 2000 – 9000 individual lego bricks. Grifshead commits to a 2 week turnaround for each completed piece, which also includes a frame that I also build myself in my workshop. I am currently working on another commission piece for a client based in Hampshire. You can see the progress on this on my social media pages.
Costs start from £295 for a framed 45cm x 45cm piece. We are delighted to offer all Chiltern Chatter readers a 10% discount on any sized pieces. Mention Chiltern Chatter when contacting us.
Just for fun…
Which part of the Chilterns do you live?
How do you spend your time when you’re not working?
When I’m not working I’m entertaining my 7 year old son. I love the sense of community in the local villages and the fact that my son can grow up in a safe and healthy environment. I build my own drones and enjoy getting stuck into DIY at the weekends.
If you were on a Desert Island and could only bring 3 things what would you bring?
Millenium Falcon Star Wars kit, a pen knife and a bottle of grey goose!
Keep in touch with Grifshead
Website www.grifshead.co.uk (will be live by end of March 2020)