Brian is a Londoner, though he has lived in Gloucester for many years. Having left school at the age of 15, he worked in factories, served in the British Army, and eventually became a university professor. He has always been curious about how things work, starting with bicycles and moving on to cars. He brings this curiosity to art and craft, and in the past few years has taken an interest in book repair and restoration, and is especially interested in items from the Victorian era. Brian is now semi-retired, still doing some university teaching, and keeping his hand in with craft activities. In his spare time, he can tell you exactly how Tottenham Hotspur should play, and has often said so, whilst watching a match, eating a pizza and dozing off from time to time.