Presents
Little Inventors

Tom Cleaver

Leicester, Leicestershire, U.K.
1 working on

Website:www.mrcleaversmonsters.com

Job role:Theatre Designer/Illustrator/Monster-Maker

Skills:Theatre Design, Illustration and giant puppet construction using a mixture of artistic, digital and engineering techniques.

Tom Cleaver is a Designer and Artist specialising in sets, scenery and exhibitions. His work has taken him to Germany, France and Sweden, and as far as the Arctic Circle. His particular passion is the design and construction of colossal, ceiling-scraping puppets.

Tom believes that art and science are closely linked, and uses engineering concepts and manufacturing techniques in his creative work. He believes in the social benefits of art and is regularly hired to consult with community groups and turn their ideas into reality.

Recent project reports

Construction Time Again
Posted about Monster Guard by Aiden

With all the parts safely in my studio, it was time to put them together and bring Aiden's idea to life.

I'd designed everything with tabs and sockets so that it could be slotted together relatively simply. All it required was a steady hand, a little patience, some glue and two M5 nuts and bolts.

Well, it turns out my expensive Super Glue just wouldn't glue and so, after some tactical swearing and a rethink, I turned to my trusty glue gun and finished the assembly quite quickly.

I'm pleased with the result. Designing the 3D structure was a challenge but I had great fun drawing the monsters. I hope Aiden is happy and I hope he continues to come up with great ideas in the future.

Someday My Prints Will Come!
Posted about Monster Guard by Aiden

The scariest part of the making process can often be the silliest.

I'd completed all my design work and fired off the files through the internet to the reprographics company. All I had to do was wait for the files to be printed onto Correx board (think: estate agent's signs), cut out and delivered to me. I'd then assemble the pieces like a kit and deliver them to the Little Inventor's team at Attenborough Arts.

"Your packages will arrive on Monday between 9:30 am and 6:30pm said the automated message from the delivery company."

And so I waited. And I waited.  And Monday came and went. Tuesday arrived. Tuesday was the day I said The Monster Guard would be finished. But how could I finish something that was lost in the postal system?

I phoned the reprographics company, who phoned the delivery company. They said they'd tried to deliver to me but the packages had been refused by the homeowner. Perhaps the address was wrong? I pictured a baffled old lady shouting at the delivery driver: "I didn't order an intergalactic bed with integrated monster deterrent weaponry! Take it away at once!"

It turned out the address WAS wrong. So now my packages were back in the delivery van. Or back in the depot. Or back at another depot? No one was exactly sure. Meanwhile, the Little Inventors team were emailing, politely enquiring what was going on?

More waiting. And a little more. Then, at midday, a call came from the delivery company.
"We have your packages. We can deliver today."
 "That's great," I said. "What time today?"
"Er..." came the answer. "I don't know. But you could come here and pick them up yourself?"
And that's exactly what I did.

Someday My Prints Will Come!
Posted about Monster Guard by Aiden

The scariest part of the making process can often be the silliest.

I'd completed all my design work and fired off the files through the internet to the reprographics company. All I had to do was wait for the files to be printed onto Correx board (think: estate agent's signs), cut out and delivered to me. I'd then assemble the pieces like a kit and delver them to the Little Inventor's team at Attenborough Arts.

And so I waited. And I waited.

Ideas made real