A Brief(ish) Biography

Tom Cleaver is a Designer and Artist specialising in sets, scenery and exhibitions. His work has taken him to Germany, France and Sweden, and as far as the Arctic Circle. He mixes theatre commissions with illustration and his particular passion is the design and construction of colossal, ceiling-scraping puppets.


He believes that the fields of art and science are closely linked and that many engineering problems can be solved by observing and replicating Nature (a process called Biomimetics). He frequently uses self-taught industrial processes and manufacturing techniques in his creative work and studies animal anatomy (especially prehistoric reptiles) for visual and mechanical inspiration. He also believes in the social benefits of art and is regularly hired to consult with community groups and turn their ideas into reality.


So, if your show needs scenery, your book or commercial project needs pictures, or you feel a truly massive mythical creature might complete your life, do say hello. 


General enquiries are also welcome. Ideas and construction secrets... well, you have to pay for those. Tom is always interested in potential projects, commissions and artistic and educational collaborations so, if you've got something on the go, get in touch! 


For more information, please visit the different sections of this site. A full C.V. is available upon request.