I draw inspiration from all styles, periods, landscapes – and not least from my clients themselves. Since I am lucky enough to be based in the Cotswolds AONB inspiration is close at hand from the unique materials, building techniques and architectural heritage of this wonderful area. For example the Cotswolds is world famous for its role in the Arts and Crafts movement as exemplified by Rodmarton Manor near Cirencester.
Having originally trained as a designer I have to admit to being something of a buildings obsessive!Nigel CHUTE
My ‘other life’
Essentially my approach is one of old-school craftsmanship which I learned at the drawing board in my other profession as a designer, particularly perspective and freehand sketching. Parallel motion, adjustable set squares and railway curves were where I cut my teeth back in the day!
Nowadays our design business couldn’t function without CAD and modern technology but the ethos is the same as for my artwork – listening to clients, guiding them through the process and always seeking to exceed their expectations.
And finally – when I’m not drawing houses or taking new products to market I offer a little guidance to some of our future stars of the arts, technology and commerce. In my role as mentor I try to give youngsters a taste of the outside world beyond formal education and see if I can move them forward a click on life’s ratchet! By providing a bit of a sounding board I have been privileged to share some of their dreams and witness astonishing feats of leadership and teamwork.
So looking forward to seeing them take up the baton – or should I say the chalk!
“My first contact with Nigel was during my time at college; Nigel offered his expertise to assist myself and other students who were part of Young Enterprise at Cirencester College. I was personally involved with two teams and therefore had the pleasure of working with Nigel on different projects, where I could see firsthand the vast amount of experience he has in the design space as well as his exemplary ability to convey ideas. One of the teams went on to win the European Finals and I know this success was in part thanks to the contributions of Nigel.”