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Mudlarking
I am a licensed hobbyist mudlark on the River Thames in London, searching the foreshore for artefacts that have been lost over thousands of years. Once out of the mud, I clean, conserve and research my finds – some of which are recorded by the Museum of London. As many are recovered in fragments, the artefacts benefit from context to understand how they would've appeared and functioned as a whole in their past life. Inspired by archaeological practice, I produce reconstructive illustrations drawn around an image in Photoshop using a custom-made stippling brush and a ballpoint pen brush.

Reconstructive dotwork illustration of a medieval Kingston Type Ware jug with a face.
A face from a medieval Kingston Type Ware jug found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Medieval Jug
The face of an unknown king from a c.13th-14th cent
ury miniature ceramic jug.
- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2021)

Reconstructive dotwork illustration of a 16th century pilgrim badge.
A 16th century pilgrim badge found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Pilgrim Badge
A partial early 16th century lead alloy pilgrim badge depicting the Virgin and Child.
- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2020)

A reconstructive dotwork illustration of a Victorian clay pipe depicting Mr Punch.
A Victorian clay pipe depicting Mr Punch found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Punch Pipe
A c.19th century clay tobacco pipe bowl likely depicting Mr Punch.

- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2020)

A reconstructive dotwork illustration of a Roman hunt cup sherd depicting a running hare.
A sherd from a Roman hunt cup depicting a running hare found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Roman Hunt Cup
A fragment of a Roman 'hunt cup', a type of drinking beaker, depicting a running hare.
- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2020)

A reconstructive dotwork illustration of a prehistoric belemnite fossil.
A transluscent prehistoric belemnite fossil shining in the light.

Reconstruction: Belemnite
A fossilised rostrum from a belemnite, a type of extinct squid, dating to the Cretaceous Period. This was found on a beach in Folkestone, Kent.
- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2021)

A reconstructive dotwork illustration of a Roman Venus figurine.
A fragment from a Roman Venus figurine found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Roman Venus Figurine
Part of a Roman pipe clay figurine of the goddess Venus. 
- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2022)

A reconstructive dotwork illustration of a Roman oil lamp decorated with a Greek-style theatre mask.
A partial Roman oil lamp decorated with a Greek-style theatre mask found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Roman Oil Lamp
A partial Roman oil lamp decorated with a face depicting a Greek-style theatre mask.
- Photoshop drawing and photograph (2022)

A digital illustration of the repeated pattern of medieval decorated floor tile.
A fragment of a medieval decorated floor tile found on the River Thames foreshore while mudlarking.

Reconstruction: Medieval Floor Tile 
A Photoshop drawing showing how a decorated 14th century floor tile would've been arranged as a repeated pattern on the floor of a church or other high status building.
- Photoshop drawing (2022)

A realistic coloured pencil drawing that reimagines a 17th century Metropolitan Slipware jug decorated with the words Harlow Town.

Harlow Town Metropolitan Slipware Jug
A coloured pencil drawing of a fictionalised Metropolitan slipware jug. This type of pottery was produced in my hometown of Harlow, Essex in the 17th century and is often found on the Thames foreshore in London. The pottery would've actually often been emblazoned with large puritan inscriptions such as ‘FEAR THE LORD THE GOD’, ‘FAST AND PRAY’ and ‘REMEMBER THY END TRULY’. The text in this drawing was inspired by a custom font created by Harlow-based designers Snootie Studios.
- Coloured pencil (2021)

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