During the last six years I have experimented with natural materials such as willow to create sculptural work for the landscape. Using a welded steel frame within the sculpture helps to provide a structure for the work and helps support the willow which is woven onto the surface.
My sculptures are shown widely across the UK in a variety of curated exhibitions and at one large event each year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Working with natural materials offers a tactility to the work that I really enjoy, in addition to creating my own trademark weaving style that is unique to my work. The method of applying the willow in circular layers is also a unique characteristic of my sculptures.
The sculptures are often inspired by geometric forms, and the sphere has become a particular favourite of mine, the approach to creating spherical work is quite unlike any other shape, it allows the material to be applied in a continuous length that appears to have no beginning or end. The sphere lends itself to numerous ideas and concepts, and can fit many styles of landscape or space.
Willow has a limited life span and as a result sculptures are sold with this in mind with a price that reflects the life span.
After researching different materials that could be woven in the same hand woven process that I enjoy, I found that there was very few options available that could replicate both the tactile surface, and the colours and tones of the material like that of the willow. However there was one that could potentially work, cast Bronze.
After discussing my ideas with a number of UK artists whom use bronze in their work, they felt that it was technically impossible to cast one of my sculptures due to sheer number of undercuts and voids that feature in my woven work.
I’ve continued my research into bronze sculptures and could not find any examples of UK artists who create bronze sculptures in the manner of my own, so could not seek any peer mentoring for my idea.
But, I have found a way! watch this space over the next few months as I reveal and discuss this new innovation of a hand woven cast bronze sculpture.