Textile creations using recycled materials by artist Mister Finch based in Leeds, England. His woodland creatures, insects, and flowers are made of an eclectic mix of upcycled and new materials such as discarded wire, steel, and wood to vintage tablecloths, antique silverware and rescued cottons. With no formal training in textiles or sewing, apart from a short art course he took many years ago, he learned how to sew on his own and his mastery of the needle can be seen in his one-of-a-kind art. He states, "Scraps of thread, fabric and paper are stitched and pulled into fairytale creatures looking for new owners and worlds to inhabit. Finch works alone and makes everything himself by hand in a studio full of books, glass jars and naughty cats."
Flowers, insects and birds really fascinate me with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behavior. British folklore is also so beautifully rich in fabulous stories and warnings and never ceases to be at the heart of what I make. Shape shifting witches, moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path. Humanizing animals with shoes and clothes is something I’ve always done and I imagine them to come alive at night. Getting dressed and helping an elderly shoemaker or the tired housewife.+