If you’ve walked past Bridport Museum in the last few weeks you might have noticed a new addition: a beautiful glass door, etched with a unique design celebrating the town’s heritage.
The design was by young local wood engraver and printmaker Robin Mackenzie. Robin won the commission as part of the Museum’s redevelopment in 2017. The Museum aimed to engage an artist who could create a beautiful piece of artwork which interweaved different aspects of the town’s history. Robin has therefore interwoven Bridport’s ropemaking history into the design, alongside more modern references such as West Bay’s use within the popular TV series Broadchurch.
The design was achieved by Robin working closely with the Museum to develop several possible sketches which could then be pared down to one simple, elegant design. The final design was then hand-cut into a large sheet of vinyl, printed, scanned and finally laser engraved onto glass.
Museum Director Emily Hicks said: ‘Robin was the absolute natural fit for this project. His style and sensitive approach to subjects has created something incredibly beautiful which ‘draws’ you into the Museum.’