Beverley Drury

Champagne Birds are born of two discoveries: up-cycled wire from champagne makes an ideal armature for small bird sculptures, and wire is a dream material to convey birds’ essence. Wire can suggest birds’ fluid shapes; it can hint at their moods and behaviour – from wary to resplendent; and it can hint at their texture and colour – from sleek, through ruffled to iridescent.

The bird sculptures even share some of the sparkling and effervescent qualities of champagne. Additional wire – more delicate, plated, gilded, enamelled or pure copper – is added to the galvanised wire from champagne to make a jewel-like portrait.

Each piece comes with its own iPad sketch of the sculpture – a modern nod to the tradition of wildlife illustration.