Andy Saunders has drawn and made things since childhood – endless lego constructions, a model steam garden railway, go carts, a modified bicycle for time trialing to name but a few.
It was inevitable therefore that he would study Product Design at St Martin’s School of Art & Design.
But then responsibilities came along and for nearly 20 years he earned his living in IT, supporting businesses and their networks. When he wasn’t working however, even on his train commutes to London, he had a pencil in his hand and was drawing designs for all kinds of products from motorbikes (his other great passion) to milk frothers and automatic blind openers.
In the late 2000s he started building his own motorbike with a funny front end, designing it from scratch and either buying in parts or making them himself. Once the first bike was made, his thinking had already moved on and he started designing and building a second.
In 2015, a move to the Waveney Valley in Suffolk, provided Andy with the space to have a proper workshop rather than sharing space with the garden furniture in an unheated garage and he decided to follow his heart at last and focus on making things fulltime. What motivates Andy is a desire to make practical items that look good – something that can be applied to garden products, as much as lamps and furniture. He loves working with metal and wood and the industrial feel that gives many of his products.
I can’t help coming up with ideas for better or simpler ways to do things – like the haudraulic tipping trailer I’ve made for us to use on our land. And why not have a bean & pea support that looks good as well as doing its job?