About me

I have over 20 years of experience and success in the creation of high quality artwork designed to withstand the rigours of the public space. Works have been in 3 dimensions, as well as ground and wall based relief. Over the years I have made new works for town centres, community gardens, public recreation grounds, local authority buildings, housing association developments as well as libraries, hospitals and health centres.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Bondgate Community Woodland, Workshop at Selby High School

Ailsa has organised a series of workshops with local schools in connection with the Community Wood project. Pupils and students will work with her to design a series of sculptures which will be incorporated into the landscaping becoming permanent features within the wood.

Looking at natural forms; magnified pollen grains, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds from the native species planted on the site. A series of sculptures will emerge.

pollen and seeds

Pollen grains




Seeds and fruits

sketchbook drawings

Ailsa has started working on one or two ideas in the studio.

Selby Hight School photos

Selby High School students spent a day working on polystyrene carvings inspired by natural forms.

Selby Hight School photos

Ropewalk Gates and Railings Ready for Installation

The gates and railings for the Ropewalk in Barton will be installed next week. Prior to installation we have accelerated the oxidization process on the Corten Steel. Corten is designed to rust and will eventually form its own protective surface and stabilise. This process can take anything up to 3 years to complete. We have developed a method of accelerating the process so when it arrives on site it will have the appearance of the final surface colour.

Ailsa rusting

rusty ailsa

Before and after…. the bottom image shows the steel just a few hours after treatment.

Bondgate Community Wood, Selby

Selby Community Trust and Groundwork North Yorkshire are pleased to be able to say that, after years of planning and preparation, work is finally complete to create a Community Woodland on Bondgate, Selby.

The project has been made possible with help from Groundwork North Yorkshire, grants from Big Lottery Community Spaces, The Big Tree Plant, Drax Power LFC, Eggborough Power, North Yorkshire County Council and the Selby Central Community Engagement Forum.

Bondgate Aerial pic

Over the past few months footpaths have been laid, and benches put in place, along with improvements to the car park.


Local schools planted the first of what will be over 5,000 native trees on the site. As well as the woodland and nature reserve, the field will comprise six areas which children from each of the six schools will have a hand in designing. Ailsa is currently working with the school children to design pieces of sculpture which will become permanent features within the Community Woodland.