ANGUS MCFADYEN


ANGUS MCFADYEN

29 St James Terrace
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 6HS
Tel: 01298 72253
Email: mail@angusm.co.uk

Angus McFadyen’s work falls into two categories – that made to commission and that made more speculatively for exhibition. In both cases the aim is to make something which somebody is going to enjoy using.

Ornamentation by low relief engraving is seen as an integral part of many designs. While a strong form will often stand alone as a finished piece without further embellishment, it is still sometimes possible to enhance it and to strengthen its character. Often the engraved imagery depicts something of significance to
the client.

His formal training in silversmithing was minimal and therefore a strong element of his work philosophy is, by necessity, ‘try it and see.’ This applies to most aspects of making a piece whether forming a hollow handle for the first time or teaching himself to engrave. Such an approach does rather rely on a sometimes blind belief that there has to be a way of doing most things. Driving this attitude is the continuing pleasure to be had from making something in silver or gold. A simple raised form can be as exciting and taxing to make as a heavily engraved piece with many components.