The design was by young local wood engraver and printmaker Robin Mackenzie. Robin won the commission as part of our redevelopmentin 2017. Robin has 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 working closely with Robin 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.Robin prepared lots of different sketches to help the design evolve: ‘My work is very much inspired by artisan craft techniques and I feel there is a strong link between my work and that of past historical craftsmen. I always strive to blend the traditional with the contemporary and this is the approach I took in designing the etching for the Museum Door.’ Which is your favourite bit?