|Zoe Cull & Alex Evans|
Zoe Cull and Alex Evans carve stone to create benches, plaques and other functional and ornamental pieces for gardens and public places. They work with native stones, aiming "to bring a genuinely contemporary aesthetic to a craft which has struggled to create the confines of tradition...through the application of classical principles of design". Zoe and Alex draw inspiration from the art and architecture of diverse cultures and eras, nature, geometry and the written word. Public commissions include sculptural, inscribed benches for Salisbury District Hospital and carved, inscribed waymarkers for West Dean Arboretum in Sussex. They have also made commemorative plaques and a baptismal font for churches.
Zoe originally trained as a graphic designer before realising her vocation by taking a course in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation at Weymouth College, where she won the Student Achievement Award and the Hanson Shield for carving. An award from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust enabled her to undertake short lettercutting apprenticeships with Richard Kindersley and Tom Perkins, amongst others. In 2004 Zoe was appointed an accredited designer for Memorials by Artists and in 2006 she gained a Crafts Council Development Award. Zoe has led introductory workshops in stonecarving and lettercutting in schools and colleges, at crafts events, at Dorchester Abbey and on a Built Heritage Conservation Training Course in Transylvania. She is a member of the Industry Advisory Panel for the FdSc. degree in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation at Weymouth College.
Alex Evans studied Art and Design at Minster College, Kent, before taking a National Diploma in Restoration and the Decorative Arts at Portsmouth College of Art. This gave him his first experience of working with stone, leading to the course in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation at Weymouth College. Alex was subsequently employed as a banker-mason in Portland, working on several new-build and conservation projects, as a mason at Parnham House, a 16th century mansion in Dorset, and on a conservation project at St. Mary's Church, Taunton. As a fully-skilled mason/carver Alex can work on traditional masonry, architectural carving, reproduction pieces and contemporary design. As well as collaborating with Zoe, Alex continues to work on stone conservation projects including Clyffe House, a Victorian mansion in Dorset, Westminster Cathedral and a statue of George III in Weymouth. In 2007 he co-presented a documentary about Hindu and Mogul stonework in northern India, broadcast on the History Channel.
In 2011 Zoe and Alex created sculptural stone seating, inscribed paving and a water sculpture for Poole Crematorium.
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