Spotlight on 2021 Graduates – Group 2

Our 2021 Graduate Exhibition & Sale is here! So, we wanted to tell you about more of our graduates and their stunning work. Next up is Group 2, who were tutored over the last year by Andrew Cockerill.

Our Graduate Exhibition is taking place at the School from September 8th-11th. We look forward to having visitors mill around the school and we will also be publishing highlight videos online for anyone who is unable to attend in person.

If you would like to come and see the show for yourself, please book in a time slot here. If you can’t make It, don’t worry, as we’ll be sharing the graduates pieces from the exhibition across our Instagram and Facebook pages too!

Allan Robert Ferguson, UK  

ARF Woodwork & Design     

Details of Allan’s chess board design

In only 10 short months, Allan has seen himself transform from a DIY-enthusiast to a fully-fledged woodworker and furniture designer/maker. Coming from an arts and music background, he has placed special focus on creating unique aesthetic qualities for his pieces, while taking advantage of the natural beauty of the timber. Allan has worked on pieces that not only can be considered art in their own right, but can find their place as functional objects in the home or workplace. Incorporating traditional aspects of design into contemporary woodwork has been a focus, and after graduating Allan will take a space at Myreside Studios to develop his business, ARF Woodwork & Design, further.

Instagram: @arf_woodwork_and_design

Facebook: @ARFergusonWoodwork

Website: allanrferguson@hotmail.com

Lennert Koch, Holland

Koch Furniture Design 

Lennert with his final designs

Following a long career in energy consulting, Lennert Koch has carved out a new path in furniture design and cabinet making. A love of both Scandinavian and Japanese furniture and architecture influences his designs. While some pieces may look simplistic at first, there is an enormous amount of planning, precision and craftsmanship in every piece, from a beautiful hand turned sable bowl to the more technical Tomarigi hall table inspired by Eastern temple roof joinery and his signature bird logo. Through Koch Furniture Design, Lennert will focus on bespoke commissions, with emphasis on built-in furniture and home-working set ups.

Instagram: @koch_furniture

Bernardo Rosique Perez, Mexico 

Rosique Wood Design

Bernardo with his final designs

Bernardo’s goal is to change the perception of woodworking in his home country, with the use of the most sophisticated techniques for innovating traditional Mexican design. At Chippendale School he has honed his personal style, focused on symmetry, geometric shapes, continuous and tangent curves and Mayan textures. Bernardo’s business, Rosique, will ‘honour the past by making heirlooms of the future’. Plan A for Bernardo is to return to his hometown and set up shop with the help of his family, mainly his father who shares his passion for the business. He might do some travelling before setting up shop – the world is his oyster!

Instagram: @rosique_wood_design

Simon Akroyd, UK

Simon Akroyd Furniture

Simon with his final designs

Following a fruitful career in finance, Simon Akroyd had been craving a creative outlet and was looking for a career that could take him into retirement. At Chippendale School, he has utilised his ability to solve complex problems, something which he considers is the at the root of furniture making. His influences range from the elegance of a Sheraton table leg and the simplicity of a Bauhaus chair, to the curve of an art deco mirror or a motif from 18th century Chinoiserie. Simon’s designs are characterised by clean lines, contrasting woods, bold colours and a bit of the unexpected.

Email: s.akroyd@me.com

Sharon Brew, UK

Wud Designs  

Sharon with her final designs (and four legged friend!)

Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland, Sharon Brew’s final work marks a key milestone in an intensive journey into woodworking, soaking up all the knowledge from skilled tutors on the Professional Course. From building a wood stack to breaking down a board and turning it into her unique design, Sharon has relished every step of her woodworking experience. Her business, Wud Designs, while focused on space and functionality, aims to offer flexibility and configuration for the client. Sharon would describe her developing style as ‘on the quirky side’, reflecting the designer’s personality and attitude.

Email: sharonbrew@hotmail.com

Scott Begg, UK

Oldershaw & Clark  

Scott with his final designs

Scott Begg has revelled in delving into disciplines that he would never have attempted, from gilding to antique restoration. Viewers of Scott’s work can enjoy a look into his thought process, his sense of fun and the tactile nature of his pieces. Just like a tree has a ‘soul’, Scott brings his own soul and personality into his pieces. He has developed a keen interest in woodturning whilst reaping the rewards of ‘breathing new life’ into pieces through furniture restoration. Scott will develop his business Oldershaw & Clark at Myreside Studios.

Instagram: @oldershawandclark

Follow in our graduates’ footsteps…

We are currently accepting applications for our next Professional Course for 2022/23. If you are interested in this or any of our other courses, see more information here.  

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