Approved: 08.08.2014

Nilplug

Artist, Maker

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Approved: 08.08.2014

On a recent Soyuz rocket launch an astronaut took a small cuddly toy along for the ride. It was captured on the cockpit camera, dangling from the control panel as they lifted off. It was a simple object, but it represented a significant physical connection to someone back on earth. Being connected to your tribe is important, particuarly for men. Being connected through an object is special. I believe that objects tell of who we are, and can give us strength and inspiring our survival.

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Artist Statement

On a recent Soyuz rocket launch an astronaut took a small cuddly toy along for the ride. It was captured on the cockpit camera, dangling from the control panel as they lifted off. It was a simple object, but it represented a significant physical connection to someone back on earth. Being connected to your tribe is important, particuarly for men. Being connected through an object is special. I believe that objects tell of who we are, and can give us strength and inspiring our survival.

Nilplug was founded in London in 2010 by designer/artist/maker Neil Marlow.

The nature of the business is to make precious things for good men, in the form of flying, chasing and orbiting characters inspired by stories of great men. The purpose of the work is to foster bonds between people and add a little character to your life.

The work is influenced by a hotchpotch of wonderfully colourful and energetic sources from graphic arts to typography; from The Russian Constructivist art movement to West Coast First Nation art; from ancient crafted objects to Isamu Noguchi; and, many many more things beside.

CV & Education

Employment

2010 – ongoing  Nilplug  Role: Founder, Creative Director, Maker

2005 – 2010  Ove Arup & Partners  Role: Associate – Landscape Architect / Urban Designer

2005 – 2010  Rail Link Engineering (High Speed One)  Role: Landscape Architect

1996 – 1997  Wandsworth Borough Council  Role: Landscape Design Assistant

1995 - 1996  Sarah Jordan Jewellery  Role: Trainee jewellery maker.

1993 - 1995  Ove Arup & Partners  Role: Assistant Landscape Architect (…during university holidays)

1991 - 1992  Luton Borough Council  Role: Trainee at the Parks Department

 

Education

1999 - 2000  Bartlett, UCL  MSc Urban Design

2001 Royal College of Art  Industrial Design Engineering (selected by Arup to attend a 6 week semester)

1992 - 1995  University of Greenwich, London  BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

1988 - 1990  Barnfield (Art) College, Luton  National Diploma in Graphic Design & Illustration

1983 to 1988  Putteridge High School, Luton

 

Awards

Bright Young Gems – International Jewellery London

Landscape Institute Award 2007  Landscape Masterplanning, Dongtan Eco-City (Urban Design Category) -  The LI Award is presented to ‘Organisations whose vision leads the way in creating innovative and dynamic landscape’.

London Transport Awards  Project of the Decade, Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

 

Nilplug Publication

(Coming up…) 2014  SID Magazine Interview

(Coming up…) 2014  Jewellery Maker Interview

2014  Client Magazine Issue 11 Fashion shoot

2014  Schon! Magazine Issue 24 Fashion shoot

2013  Noctis Magazine Fashion shoot

2012  Wallpaper Magazine Editorial

2012  Professional Jeweller Feature

2012  Retail Jeweller Feature

 

Pro bono

2005 – 2008  Druk White Lotus School  Druk Padma Karpo Institute, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas. Masterplanning a school for nomadic Buddhist.

 

Inventions

2008 – 2010Pocket Habitat a modular green roof product for retro fitting onto existing roofs