John Alden - automata

John's varied artistic career has included miniature painter, cartoonist, antique dealer, dolls house restorer and maker of dolls house furniture as well as performing as a story teller, all of which have come together in present fascination for creating automata.

He is inspired by Yootha Rose, who made toys for the royal family in the 1950s. Exhibitions have included the British Toymakers Guild at the Oxo Tower London and the world’s largest automata makers’ exhibition at the First Gallery, Southampton .