Inside the Paint Shop
Our Paint Shop team are practiced in the art of deception. Their skill means you can never quite trust your eyes as they transform sculpted polystyrene into a solid gold head, GRP into chocolate and polycarbonate sheet into the icy superstructure of a vast ship.
Their painting and prop-making skills are complemented by an ability to find practical solutions to help recreate all kinds of finishes. On the Paint Shop walls you’ll see numerous sample boards, the results of research into different techniques, tools, materials and finishes. Creating realistic textures and tones often requires ordinary tools of the trade – brushes, sponges, rollers and stamps – to be used in ingenious ways.
Their work also involves general painting and decorating skills albeit on a much larger scale. Think 2,770 sheets of plywood, each individually painted white, to create the floor for a vast interlocking stage. At the opposite end of the scale, however, a recent Dolls’ House project saw our team working at a scale of 1:12, applying their skills in miniature.
Our full-time Paint Shop team is enhanced by a reliable core of freelancers who have worked with us over the years on all manner of projects. Huge letters for a Ferrari exhibition, walls for a Serpentine Pavilion, detailing for a vintage arctic sled or touching up that giant gold sculpture in Ashgabat in 40+ degrees of heat: they handle extremes with aplomb.