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Born in middle England, grew up (or possibly not) in Devon, where I developed a keen interest in wildlife and the environment. I was badly educated at Totnes Comprehensive, and remember quite clearly the Headmaster telling me "You are excrement, Cauty". This was a long, long time ago back in the 60s or 70s, when headmasters could say what they like. I was also shot in the knee, at point-blank range and spent some time in hospital because of this.
Left school and worked in a local Zoo.
Moved to London and lived in various squats, back in the day when squatting was an okay thing to do. Mostly lived in Brixton South London. I remember the riots very well. Squatting became quite a legitimate thing to do, with many of us able to buy the house from the council under the Right to Buy scheme.
During this time in Brixton I found employment as an architectural model maker. I was hired by a company called Tetra Design Services. Tetra was responsible for the models of the Lloyds Building in Central London.
Next faze, I became a model-maker and set builder, mostly for the advertising industry, making anything required for a photo shoot. Later, there were quite a few pop promo sets to build and the other occasional TV sequence or commercial. The most exciting, fun and lucrative pop videos were for a band called The KLF. What fun we had making those things. My brother is half of that duo and yes he did burn £1,000,000 in the name of art, or as an artistic experiment of some sort, nothing to do with me. I did get a very nice letter of appreciation from Charles Saatchi for one of my models. I was also considered to be one of London's top 10 model makers at this time.
Those were the days, the phone rings, a fax comes "Simon, please come and break a, white, bone china dinner set in a creative way. We'll give you £500." So, you pop down to the photographers studio on your Ducati 750ss, with a hammer and break some plates. They then give you £500 a few months later. 3 months was the norm in those days.
Also developing an interest in computer technology through the 80s, starting with the Amstrad 128k, followed by an Amiga 500, wow! What a machine! I bought a new 20mb hard disc for £500 LOL and a 1mb ram upgrade for another £500. But the graphics were good for those days.
Moved on to an 8100 Apple Power Mac with lots of everything. Got into animation.
By now I am married and have 4 children. The 92 recession hits so we sell the house, buy that idyllic farmhouse back in Devon and then get divorced.
Now have a Mac and a PC and am running the first version of 3d Studio Max. Getting work from Peter Richardson of Comic Strip fame, doing storyboards and also doing cgi animation sequences for broadcast TV. Happy days!
Now have 8 Xeon cores.... etc. Have been writing for Search Sciences LLP for a while, but could do with some more. Also just been working on a life size 3 dimensional Beryl Cook sculpture trail for Plymouth.