FILM & TV

'Elephant' - Musico Video
‘White Rabbit’ - Eddie Pharell
‘The Manager’ – Sky Q advert

My TV work is mostly informative and to demonstrate aspects of the art of blade making. As a maker of historic replicas I am available to make iconic artifacts in an historical context, such as forging an authentic Iron-Age Greek Xiphos to explain the legend of Cyclops.

‘Forged in Britain’ part of
‘Forged in Fire’ – History Channel
‘History in the Making’ – Discovery Channel
Reality Craftsman – Victorian House of Arts & Crafts – BBC2 Arts

“I think there is an elegance and beauty in creating something as dangerous as a sword” 

Hughe’s works tends to combine blades with an element of sculpture. To demonstrate this Hughes forges a pirate cutlass. Cutlass’s were used by sailors and pirates as boarding weapons, short in size and well protected at the handle they were perfect for close combat.

“The cutlass has a beautiful blade but sculptural aspect is the bronze hilt which depicts the legend of the Mermaid of Zennor”, he tells HISTORY.

This new four-parts series from Lion Television Scotland for BBC Arts will air on BBC Two in early 2019 and transport six modern-day craftspeople back in time to live and experience first-hand the ideas and practices of Arts and Crafts visionaries William Morris, John Ruskin and Gertrude Jekyll.

Formed in protest agains the dehumanization of workers and mass-produced goods, these pioneers felt a return to nature, and taking a pride in handcrafted goods would enhance their lives and create a better society. But will it work today and what, if anything can the craftspeople take from the experience that might enrich their lives in the modern world?

Cut off from 21th century life, the group of six artisans will be transported back into a remote Victorian Arts & Crafts bubble where they must lovingly breathe life back into an original Arts and Crafts property.

 

Forming a community and living and working collectively, they must decorate and furnish four key rooms, one per episode, making everything from scratch, inspired by nature and in keeping with the rules of the movement.

 

They’ll make hand-printed wallpaper, be scope craft furniture, furnishings and ceramics using archives and original source material related to the home and community, transforming it into a spectacular Arts and Crafts showcase.

Making the ‘Victorian House of Arts and Crafts’ with Lion TV, the BBC and five super talented makers, now friends, was a great personal experience. Here are a few images to show you behind the scenes.

This video is the one used for Rod Hughes application to the Victorian House series on the BBC. So glad to be part of Rod's journey. Burton Media.