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The Ministry of Me is usually off limits to those without authorisation but the vault has been opened especially for you to get an insight into what I do outside of paid client work. Some of this work is my own, some of it I have taken an idea and have given it my own twist. I don't sell any of my work, I just oouooose it as a creative outlet to help brighten up my home and life. Enjoy.

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Urbis/HP colour and motion design entry
Urbis magazine and Hewlett-Packard ran a competition to design a piece for their back page. The brief was very open, it was to design something to the theme of colour and motion. Though I did not win it, I was happy with what I came up with.

Colour Factory
Arghh graffiti style artwork
My son moved rooms and I wanted to create a piece of art to brighten it up. After creating the design I cut this out of MDF and painted it. Having never attempted any street style art before it was a fun project and best of all Troy loves it.

Arghh artwork
Daughters room makeover
I entered a Little Treasures competition to get the chance of being featured in their magazine and also receive some money to help with the makeover. I was one of the winners and created a colourful fun space she loves to spend time in. The main feature was a large leaping geometric cat cut out of MDF and hand painted.

Daughters room
70's Bang & Olufsen turntable clock
I had wanted to make a clock for about a year or so but was not sure what to do. I noticed on a blog someone had made a clock out of a turntable. After an extensive search looking for the right turntable, I came up with this. I gutted the back of it, reinforced it and added the mechanism.

Turntable clock
My take on retro ducks
I had seen some of Shane Hansen's artwork and liked the strong shapes on plywood. This inspired me to take this idea and run with it. The ducks are on 14mm plywood that I cut out and sealed before painting.

Plywood ducks
Kitchen Blackboard
Every now and then I change the design on my kitchen blackboard wall. This is my current design, just a bit of fun. Cat burger anyone?

Kitchen Blackboard
Greenstone pendant
For my Godson's 1st birthday I designed this greenstone and had it produced. I wanted to incorporate water and his initials (DF) into the design. I wanted his parents to display it until he is old enough to wear it so I mounted it in a rimu frame with a flax background that I cut, dried and wove myself.

Greenstone
Superman painting
I saw this design in a magazine on canvas and thought it would look good in my house. I have never been a big Superman or comic fan but something about it made me smile. I changed it a bit from the original and painted it on a plywood base.

Superman painting
50's microphone artwork
I absolutely love older electronic equipment as it feels solid and has some great lines and shapes. I purchased this old Shure mic through Ebay in the US and wanted to display it. I drilled a hole in the ceiling to secure the lead and mic then spray painted the frame to help frame it on the wall.

microphone
Space invader artwork
I played space invaders on the Atari 2600 when I was younger and I have always been fond of retro arcade games. I had a big space in my hallway that I wanted to fill so I created these and had them made in sign writer vinyl. I was pretty surprised I got the OK from my wife to go ahead with this project.

Spacies decals
Bird Painting
I wanted to brighten up a wall in the dining area so I went bold with this bird painting. I had seen this as a small image online and loved it so recreated it as a large 1.5m x 1m painting.

Bird painting

Mexican wrestling masks
This is another art installation in our house that I was very surprised to get clearance from my wife to undertake. I ordered the masks online from Mexico and purchased the mannequin heads and spray painted them gloss black. They are a little different and not to everyone's taste but they make me smile. They sit on a mantle in the dining room and are definitely a point of discussion.

Mexican masks
Troy and his cast
This is my little man Troy, he is definitely my finest creation. After he broke his leg I just had to make the best out of a bad situation and brighten his cast the best I could. His cast is now off and his leg is all better.

Troy and his cast
Paintings for my sons room
So that Troy's room was not plain white I painted these for his bedroom. They are based on styles that I had seen. So far he has not been frightened by the monsters above his cot.

Troy paintings

Mexican painting
I wanted to fill a space with a bright painting and after seeing this design on a napkin I took the styling and created this. It is from the Mexican day of the dead celebration where they celebrate people that have passed away.

Mexican painting
Bedside lamps
I saw these lamps in a shop and they were both white. I wasn't convinced on them initially, but after thinking on it overnight I decided to buy them but brighten them up. I spray painted them in bright glossy colours and have loved them ever since.

Bedside lamps
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