John Brooker became interested in fans in 1983. After the first
public exhibition of his work in both traditional and modern
materials, he was soon asked to repair antique fans for
collectors. He rapidly acquired an international client base which
now ranges from the private collector to museums.
In 1995, he and his artist wife, Pippa ,after a chance enquiry
from the film world, recognised that there was a niche market for
their skills. It was inevitable that they should combine their
separate businesses and form a partnership trading as “The Fan
In 1999 they produced The Norfolk Hero fan, their first limited
edition production of a modern fan made in the traditional manner,
but utilizing the technology of the 21st century where
appropriate. It celebrates the life of Horatio, Lord Nelson, born
in 1758 at Burnham Thorpe in Norfolk.
He has recently found himself included in “The Last of The Line”
by Tom Quinn and Paul Felix, published by David & Charles, a
book of “Traditional British Craftsmen”.
In 2005 he ceased repairing individual fans, as a form of
semi-retirement, but continued with all other aspects of his work.
In April 2006, John and Pippa decided to retire, but advice on the
mounting, framing, or storage of fans is still freely given, and
he continues to make frames.