Benjamin Craven & the development work behind his Weather Clock designs
Benjamin Craven is a British artist that takes inspiration from everyday surroundings, be they natural, architectural or simply colourful.
Ben is based in Leeds, Yorkshire having studied Printed Textiles & Surface Patter Design at Leeds College of Arts (now known as Leeds Arts University). The three years there helped him discover his unique style - experimenting with all the facilities on offer.
Ben's first professional commission was the design of four light boxes for Headrow House in Leeds. The project is still one of Ben's favourites and gave him a springboard into a career in the design industry.
More recently, Ben has also been working with wine brand, Brancott Estates, designing several Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc labels for them. Re-imagining New Zealand landscapes and mixing them with the flavours offered in each bottle, Ben created a style that certainly helps the bottles stand out in the wine aisle!
The playfulness of Ben's artistic style stood out to Bramwell Brown Co-Founders, Rob & Sarah when they first came across his work. The concept of including geometric lines, clashing colours and patterns was especially inspiring inside the bounds of a Weather Clock's mechanical movements.
The instruction was both a challenge and opportunity for Ben. Merging varied styles in all five weather scenes in the very unrestricted scope set by Rob and Sarah took some time. Considerations on how to combine the landscape and abstract being especially testing.
Throughout the prototyping phase, Ben, Sarah and Rob worked closely to develop what was a new direction in Bramwell Brown's creative mechanics to date. The workshop team were also especially enthusiastic to see the first prototype that was assembled for photography in January 2019.
After several months under wraps following its photoshoot, the Benjamin Craven x Bramwell Brown Weather Clock was unveiled to the world at an event at Somerset House, London in June. Ben led artist workshop, painting with rollers on canvas in his eclectic style.
The response since the clock's unveiling has been incredibly positive. Pre-orders of the clock came from all over the world and the Limited edition design set for release in July 2019.
Ben himself has this quirky addition to his portfolio proudly displayed on the wall in his own home!