These sculptures begin with an armature of the wire that holds the sparkle in champagne, and they are completed with a mixture of old and new wire. The colour come from the wire itself – gilded, enamelled, galvanised, silver-plated, and pure copper.
The sculptures are lightweight, mostly life-sized or slightly smaller. Some are perched and will stand on their own feet: others are flying and can be suspended. Some flying birds have been combined to make mobile sculptures, with the birds (and sometimes insects) circling each other and moving with natural air currents.
These birds have been exhibited at the Atrium Gallery of St.James’s Hospital in Leeds for the past three years, MillBridge Gallery in Skipton, Cartwright Hall Gallery in Bradford, and the Birdfair at Rutland Water, and for the first time at IAT last year.