I was born in 1956 and grew up in Invercargill in a happy family of 6. School holidays were always Stewart Island or going camping in the bush.

I always liked making things, so I spent most of my time daydreaming. It was much more interesting than school, except for science subjects.

One day, I found some clay and thought I might use it to figure out how metal bars deform when blacksmithing. I was holding this ball of clay in my hand - looked at it, and thought - why don't I copy that - so 8 hours later - there was a clay hand holding a clay ball of clay.

36 years later - I'm still doing it because it's so much fun.

Now, it turns out that I'm blatantly autistic and dyslexic and have synesthesia. It takes me forever to write, spell and get the grammar right without the help of a spell checker, Grammarly, or my clever wife.

That also means that I have a complete 3d visual model in my head for everything I have designed since the age of 4. I  design everything in my head first, then build off that master plan. Sculptures, sets, models, landscape designs, software, everything.

However, inventing, designing and doing crazy stuff is as easy as eating chocolate cake so I'm not complaining.

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