I am Sophie Catherine Naylor, an
Illustrator and Automatist based in Derbyshire.
I graduated from Loughborough University, in 2009,
with a BA Hons in Illustration and Animation.I
take inspiration from British Culture, historical
inventions, gadgetry, contraptions, and nostalgic
eras. My automatas depict British ness, in a
eccentric, quirky, humorous context. These
automatas are created from a wide range of
materials, of which roughly 90% are recycled
from house hold waste. I enjoy taking disused
materials, old clock parts, beer cans, scrap wood
and transforming them into something beautiful,
and contextually engaging.
2010: Awarded a Merit, in the international New York based art competition, 3x3
2009: Awarded a Merit, in the international New York based art competition, 3x3.
2009: Finalist In The Northern Design Competition
November 2010: Handmade Contemporary Art and Craft Fair.Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford. July 2010 – September 2010: “Telling Stories” exhibition at Newcastle–under–Lyme Art Gallery and Museum.
June 2010 – August 2010: “Gadgets Gizmos and Wondrous Widgets” at Newcastle–under–Lyme Art Gallery and Museum.
November 2009: Loughborough Town Hall
August 2009: Automata exhibited at Uttoxetor Race Course.
July 2009: Automata exhibited at Elvaston Steam Engine Rally
June 2009: Automata exhibited at Derbyshire County Show.
June 2009: “Worthing Birdman” automata exhibited at the Rose Bowl in Leeds.
Autumn 2010: 3x3 annual
Autumn 2009: 3x3 annual
November 2009: Interviewed on BBC Radio Derby, in relation to current automata work.
November 2009: Interview shown on ITV Central News, in relation to automata.
June 2009: Exhibition Catalogue for the Northern Design Competition 2009.
May 2009: Derby Evening Telegraph – article about my current achievements.
May 2009: In Loughborough - article about my current achievements.
2005 August: Illustrative work was published within MG Enthusiast, MG Owners Club & MG Magazines.
July 2010: Public Art Commission, Large Automata and themed surrounding area. For Newcastle-under-Lyme Art Gallery and Museum, for the summer exhibition of “Telling Stories”.
November 2009: Public Art Commission, Automata. For Charnwood Borough Council working with CAFF Charnwood Action For Fair-trade.
August 2008: Martins World Group, illustrative work, and documentary film with Chris Tarrant.
2005 – current: Illustrative commissions