The works of Charlie Bell are truly extraordinary. He's an Irish Stonemason who has recently moved to the Cotswolds. As he put it, he moved here 'to work with the beautiful golden Cotswold stone.' Charlie's been working in stonemasonry for 19 years and his works are masterpieces although, as he admits, he has been influenced a little by British artist Andy Goldsworthy ! His passion lies in creating stone artwork for natural landscapes and 'wow' pieces for bespoke garden designs using his skills to produce intense, unique but sympathetic works of art that complement the design. Of course, as you'd expect, his portfolio also covers dry stone walling, patios, steps and lettering. Below are just some examples of Charlie's work - Wow ! Garden designers use this man !
It's good for designers to get hands on experience with landscaping. Knowing how and what to design so something can be built by a good landscaping firm is essential. So, in the last few weeks I've been helping Gardenmakers (http://www.the-gardenmakers.co.uk/) out in a couple of gardens near Stratford upon Avon. The gardens won't be finished until the new year but a lot has gone on already including clearing, levelling, paving, fencing, wall building. Check out my facebook page for photos.