Bonker*s Clutterbucks are a husband and wife team who are passionate about making dioramas within old crates, cigar boxes, small pastille tins and glass cloches which we enjoy sourcing out from antique shops, flea markets and brocantes. They love objects with integrity, that bare the marks of time, patinas that tells a story. They are passionate about whimsical modes of transport, 3D hot air balloons travelling fairs, circuses, nostalgic notions of exploration and adventure, enchanted forests, period costume, fables, folklore and storytelling. We work mainly in card, collaging vintage paper to create exquisite spaces, enchanted 3D scenes inhabited by anthropomorphic animals such as hares and crows in period dress. Our work is intricate and requires meticulous cutting with a scalpel and delicate construction to introduce the lovely combinations of pattern, music score, textile print and text into each piece.
Inspirations include the work of Edward Gorey, Joseph Cornell, William Blake, Fornasetti and inventor Blair Somerville.
We hope to work increasingly with painted wood, Papier-mâché, cotton pulp, moulds and resins this year to explore new techniques and to see which direction this takes our work.
As well as exhibiting work at maker’s fairs and art galleries, Bonker*s Clutterbucks run craft workshops for all ages and abilities and regularly work with schools, youth groups and community art groups. They have undertaken several ACE funded projects in Lancashire working with industry, exploring and promoting heritage and mentoring project apprentices. While much of their work is delicate and intricately assembled, in recent years they have increasingly been involved in projects to build large scale art installations. They have worked together with school children and art for health groups, to create giant sets at outside festivals.
We also enjoy sourcing objects of interest which we collect and sell at artisan fairs.
Our name reflects our eclectic passion for all things nonsense….the second half also just happens to be an old family name!
Bonker*s Clutterbucks are made up of Peter and Kate, our lovely daughters Florrie 13 & Heidi 11, a lovable Lakeland terrier Coco Merrytail and Bedlington called Beanie-White-Fang. We live, work and play in an old corn warehouse in Rossendale, Lancashire. Peter has a fine art painting background while Kate studied woven textile and fashion design. We met in 1992 at Winchester School of Art and have collaborated on art, house renovations and sourcing furniture and objects of interest ever since. We are Bonker*s about art, design, antiques, animation, mexicana, family life, countryside, walking, travelling, camping and campfire tales. We eat, sleep, breath art and design and have a wealth of source material, art books, periodicals and design magazines. We are also both keen photographers and have an extensive library of photographs. Over the last couple of years we have collaborated on box piece dioramas and also created 3D card modelling kits which incorporate models, a selection of freestanding characters and the suggestion of an adventure.