My favourite photo of my Dad George and I taken inside Greenland Place in Camden, London – my photography and graphics studio circa 1986. This was my second premises, having been in a Council incubator unit with Nick and our business The Image Factor, just around the corner in Carol Street Workshops for a year beforehand.
Just behind the Natwest Bank on Camden High Street, 1 Greenland Place was a semi derelict ex-garment factory or sweat-shop as we used to call them, on three floors. I rented and refurbished the top floor which had a marvelous loft atmosphere, windows around two sides and a pre-health and safety double goods door which opened into thin air with a gantry hoist!
This 1500sq ft space was ideally flexible for studio photography, fashion shoots etc. as well as having space for a darkroom – this was just prior to the digital revolution. I think my early adopter’s Mac SE came a year later. It was here over the coming years that I produced logos, brochures and photography for a range of clients from small businesses to a few Blue Chips besides.
And it was here in 1987 where Jo unwittingly met her husband! She had a job cold-calling on business premises with a big bag of shirts and sweaters for a company called Sleeves in the West End. Now I would never have admitted a sales person via the entry phone, but luckily for us, Maureen Jones on the floor below had already let her in and after visiting there, mentioned that there was a glamorous young designer/photographer on the next floor who may be interested…! Which is why she was able to barge through my door with her holiday tan and short skirt…and we were both smitten! To be honest I put up a fight for a month or two but then Felix, Jacob and thirty years later we are still in together and more in Love than ever!
It’s worth mentioning that Jazzie B and the Soul to Soul crew had a shop in the indoor market on the ground floor and their keyboard player Phil worked for Nick and I as a printer when we started the Image Factor!
? 13th August 1986 ?
I have designed the Nesthouse as a modular system – each of the three sizes 3.6m, 4.8m and 6.0m comes in a basic form (Live) available with three optional extra modules – Entry, Bathe and Sleep – giving internal areas ranging from 11.5m2 – 32.7m2
I’ve not seen a hare in the field for over two years but now we have a wheat crop next door again and I saw one over the hedge in that field the other evening.
You can imagine my delight when I spotted this pair of ears on my morning walk this morning and rushed back for the wildlife lens. I stripped down to bare feet and stalked my way back towards the target…and I could get REALLY close! Upon focussing my first thought was “poor thing – what maggoty ears!!”
Then I realised it was the end of a log I had used for photographing Jays three years ago! DoH!
Tiny House Scotland’s latest construction – a garden arbour in a neo-gothic style. To be used as a view point, weather shelter and sculptural landmark. L 2.1m x W 1.1m x H 3.3m. Heavy timber frame post and beam with new and recycled materials. Redwood shiplap cladding. Sixty degree roof. Hand cast concrete piers. Recycled windows set asymmetrically for standing and sitting heights. Reclaimed corrugated steel sheeting for the roof and rear elevation.
L 2.1m x W 1.1m x H 3.3m.
Part of the Tiny House Scotland buildings range – prices starting from £2900 ( email if you are interested in one!) See the product page here.
Rustic garden gate with a combination of recycled pallet, treated timber and roundwood detailing by Jonathan Avery.
Last week we bought three new Japanese Tetsuhiro kitchen knives from Niwaki and seeing as our old knife block was looking very tired, I thought I would rattle up a new one in the workshop! This is the heavyweight replacement – alternating layers of beech and quarter-sawn oak with a danish oil finish and 12 degree angles.
Just competed this post and beam framed barn at Shangri La Farm. For more photos and details visit my site at tinyhousescotland.co.uk.
Tiny Barn at Shangri La Farm designed and built by Jonathan Avery
Committed to saving the planet…here is this year’s digital Christmas card for all our family and friends around the world. Happy Christmas everyone and a prosperous New Year in 2015.
Tiny House Scotland
New website started for Tiny House Scotland. Its a work in progress as the product is still at prototype stage.
That’s the first bent frame up and fixed; the rest will follow pretty quickly.
Who says solar power can’t be gorgeous? The people of New Caledonia are out to prove the naysayers wrong with what may be the most beautiful solar farm on the planet. The heart-shaped solar farm will supply 2 megawatts of solar power to 750 homes on the Pacific island, reducing carbon emissions while enhancing the natural beauty of the plant’s surroundings.
Read more: French Island Territory is Building Perhaps the Most Beautiful Solar Plant Ever | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
I was official photographer at the Stitch Gathering Modern Quilt Retreat 2014 event in Edinburgh. Stuck with 70 ladies for a whole day – poor me! The rest of the pics are here.
stitch gathering 2014 reception
stitch gathering 2014 classroom
The famous five have now taken to being fed on the TV aerial rather than staying in the wood shed. The parents show their amazing flying skills by constantly feeding them on the wing.
Bridge design for Shangri La Farm to replace what was basically an eight metre plank which finally gave way. Now under construction.
I have just finished designing the logo for the Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild. It blends the colours from their parent body – the Modern Quilt Guild which was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009, with an iconic view of Edinburgh Castle taken from one of my photographs. I drew the outlines using Adobe Illustrator then added the colours with live paint. The typography is Orator Standard Medium with an added outline for a bit of extra weight.
Edinburgh Castle from the west
Owl nest box from scrap plywood. 2011. Being sized up by a pair of Jackdaws as a potential “des-res”.
Shangri La big pond in 2012 – around 18 months after construction.
The Black Burn flowing through Shangri La Farm.
Japanese lantern juxtaposed with wooden bridge and vanishing point through the Scots Pines.
Jonathan Avery 2013. Acrylic on board.
Built out of scrap fencing and plywood. So far it has only housed a wasps nest; I haven’t plucked up the courage to actually get some water fowl.
I am excited to have finally taken my new website LIVE – jonathanavery.com. Its been a lengthy and cathartic process and has helped me to make sense of the last thirty years career-wise, but there is still lots to add. I am going to use this as my main blog and Facebook feed from now on.
This is the compact square version of the logo for Jo’s shop myBearpaw in Edinburgh. I also designed the fascia and window signage.