Ashley did his first degree as a mature student at 28 and has a 1st BA (Hons) from Chelsea College of Art in Design & Public Art. He started an MA in Sustainable Design and went on to be the Sustainability Officer for Southampton for two and a half years. He re-trained as a 3D computer animator, and worked on some published computer games.
After a few years he was persuaded to take all his skills and inspire the next generation of artist and designers and became a qualified teacher, teaching product design and art & design while always continuing his professional arts practice.
Ashley has been running Glartique Ltd since Sept 2011, which is steadily becoming his full time job. Ashley is also an Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts on the MA textiles course to bring sustainability, and sustainable design to the forefront. Ashley has a keen interest in satirical art/ biomimicry/ public art/ experiential art/ and is always open to commissions and collaborations.
Created and designed a product range for Deco Glaze, world’s largest manufacturer of coloured glass
Have exhibited at a number of trade shows inc Grand Designs,
Winner of the #Small Business Sunday 13/10/13 chosen by Theo Paphitis
Appointed to design, make and install 6m Xmas tree outside Ealing town hall made from reclaimed plastic bottles, installed Dec 1st 2013‐ 6th Jan 2014. Voted as the 12th most spectacular Christmas tree in the world by CNN international.
Glartique is an Industry Partner of The Society of British and International Design. SBID is the UK representative organisation to the European Council of Interior Design and Architecture (ECIA)
- Published in EKBB Aug 2014
- Published in Society Journal Summer 2014
- Invited to be a member of the brainstorm team for David De Rothschild’s Plastiki Project 2009.
- Message in a Bottle ‐ sponsored by Groundwork (environmental NGO), built 8ft high, plastic, geodesic dome made from 4,000 water bottles to raise awareness of recycling
Created 500m² mural for Pirelli factory in Hampshire and large corporate murals for organisations such as Johnson Wax, Lloyds Bank, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Surrey and Bracknell Councils
Created sandblasting designs, sand sculptures and Trompe L’Oeil murals for private commissions
Won Arts Council funding for a project teaching Art and Health workers to improve their working practices.
Taught painting at The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California and lectured in 3D Design at LaSalle School of Art & Design, Singapore
Published in Eco Design Journal in 2000 and Meridian Magazine in 2003
- XUL architecture Solo exhibition 2-3rd Aug 2014
- Exhibited Woodpecker wine racks at the Truman Brewery for 100% Design 2006 Re:Design
- Selected as one of the top graduates from Chelsea for the Future Maps 2000 Exhibition
- Kitchen Studios artist co‐operative, Wimbledon. Shared studios, running workshops, group exhibitions