While Andrew Holmes' work ﬁts in with today's environmental concerns and the obvious
beneﬁts of recycling, his inﬂuences forty years ago were artists who used found materials for their intrinsic qualities.
He feels the word 'recycled' inappropriate in his case as it conjures up images of waste
paper and glass being used again and again. His materials are carefully chosen for their
colour and provenance, and relevance to the piece being constructed.
Coming to Stoke on Trent in 1974, Andrew Holmes found a cornucopia of material in the slum clearance areas where nineteenth century workers' houses were being demolished.