Our resident artist Mike hails from South London where he enjoyed a colourful upbringing in the 60s and 70s. After attending Epsom Art College he swapped the chaos of the capital for a more sedate existence in the country, moving to rural Wales in the early 1980s to set up his own signwriting business. Notable projects at this time included over five hundred linear metres of two-metre high lettering (including two ten-metre high harps) for Guinness at the Cheltenham Festival, all of which had to be turned around in just ten days.
After fourteen years in business the increased use of adhesive vinyl letters led to the decline of traditional signwriting as a service, and so in 1997 Mike started his long involvement with tensile fabric when he joined Landrell as a production supervisor. Projects under his command included work for Butlins at Minehead, Skegness and Bognor, Ashford covered shopping centre in Kent and various projects in and around the Millennium Dome in Greenwich. Mike was eventually tempted by Andrew Jerrum to join our fledgling business shortly after its inception in 2001, where he has remained ever since.
Mike helped to develop and grow A J Tensile and to cultivate our reputation in the marketplace, project managing the manufacture of tensile canopies, event & marquee covers, large geodesic domes, large printed banners, rock & pop covers, large printed banners and building wraps, as well as helping to develop the dome structures for our biogas division.
Always a keen and competitive footballer, Mike represented Surrey Schools and later played at semi-professional level for Banstead and Merstham. He has only recently (and somewhat reluctantly) hung up his boots, but was greatly encouraged by recent television documentaries about the power of ginseng and advancements in robotics.