The working studio of British born artists, Jack Marsden-Mayer and Cracked Ink (Simon Ormerod) is an artwork in itself. An expansive warehouse space with artworks crawling up the walls, filling the table tops and spreading across the floor in various stages of completion.
The pair moved to New Zealand, and then to Whanganui independently of each other but had been friends for many years, including back home in the UK. Although they work in very different mediums and produce distinctly different styles of work, there are areas where Marsden-Mayer and Cracked Ink’s studio practice overlap. Most noticeably, both often work with found materials, weather collected and repurposed or modified where it stands. Marsden-Mayer’s has spent many years amassing a vast array of driftwood in all shapes and sizes, which he then uses to create his larger than life animal sculptures. Cracked Ink works in every scale from large murals to small pieces on found and repurposed objects. In fact, Cracked Ink seems happy to work on almost any surface, coating it in his fun and quirky characters. Whether working in black and white or bold colours, Cracked Ink’s work is full of personality and packs a visual punch.
Both men have built successful careers around their creativity, grown from the combination of highly creative minds paired with an education in the arts (Marsden-Mayer studied sculpture at Gordonstoun International School and Ormerod studied Graphic Design from the University of Lancaster) and a cheerful, approachable manner. During Artists Open Studios Whanganui Bedford Studios will not only hold work by Marsden-Mayer and Cracked Ink, but will also be hosting creations by a selection of their friends who work in diverse media and styles. Bedford Studios is number 32 in the 2016 Artist Open Studios Whanganui Trail guide.