A short history of Drillwork. 


I became interested in working with light and making lamps around 1997. I had been inspired to make lamps and screens during my travels: Moorish screens, Indonesian batik, Turkish kilims and carpet weaving… I found everything an inspiration and proceeded to experiment with various materials and develop designs.




Through the next few years I began to develop the technique of drilling, creating patterns and images, experimenting with spacing and angles, working in plywood, MDF and any other materials I happened to have lying around the workshop and backlighting them to observe the effects produced. Eventually the first complete Drillworks panels were produced.

Walnut tree

This led to something of an obsession with drilling and now in 2020, I have drilled millions of little holes for dozens of projects and pieces of work around the world.

Drillwork is an experimental technical art which is constantly in development, I have not yet come across another drill artist and therefore every piece of work is a step along an exclusive evolutionary path for me.

The links below contain some background to the development of drillwork.