Andy spent over a decade as an advertising creative before deciding that he had reached the end of his creative tether. So he quit to become a writer and designer, and somehow along the way became a stay at home dad and glass etcher. It was never part of the plan. (There never really was a plan)!As [vinegar & brown paper], Andy designs and etches vintage and iconic items of glassware. His intention is to get people to think about the pieces and hopefully react to them with a knowing smile. The sort you get when you solve a cryptic crossword clue or the penny finally drops. [vinegar & brown paper] launched in 2011. It grew out of a realisation that cafetieres are generally pretty dull things and how it might be quite nice to etch words onto them. This led to a long process of working out a way of doing it (pyrex is a pretty uncooperative thing). Once Andy finally figured out how to do it, it dawned on him that he could do the same to pretty much any glass or mirrored object. At that point, the fun really began; the sourcing of vintage pieces of glass. Andy loves the moment when the idea forms of what he could do with a certain piece of glass. The act of making it happen. Taking a photo of the finished piece. Selling it to someone who gets it. Andy’s work is part of Heart Gallery’s Christmas Exhibition because ‘we get it’!
Andy etched one of his lab bottles for the Hebden Spirit Creative Auction and it was well received and helped the evening raise in total £6491 towards promoting Hebden Bridge and Hebden Rising in the crucial run up to Christmas after the devastating effect the summer floods had on our town.