Notes on Mr Finch from lesson-
Mr Finch works alone on all his textile pieces, he is known to live in a fairytale world and works ins a studio full of glass jars, books and ‘naughty’ cats. He calls himself Mr Finch as it’s his nickname and he uses it on his website as he wanted people to know that he is a man that sews and he quotes, ‘We are a bit thin on the ground but we are out there!’
Flowers, insects and birds really fascinate him with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviour. British folklore inspires him because they are beautiful and fabulous stories, he is an artist that is inspired by fairytales with characters like ‘shape shifting witches, moon gazing hares and smartly dressed devils ready to invite you to stray from the path.’ Mr Finch also enjoys visualizing his animals come alive at night and help people that’s why he put’s clothes on them something he has always done.
Mr Finch mainly uses recycled material as he likes the authenticity and charm they add to his textile pieces. ‘Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have.
Storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten…’ A quote from Mr Finch.
My first impression of his work is that on a large, 3D scale of different organisms from Nature. What captures my attention with Mr Finch is how he enlarges his work on a huge scale and uses old, brown, tea-dyed looking material. This work brings to mind different organisms within nature.
Mr Finch uses a mixture of realistic and abstract within his work because of how realistic the organisms look but they have a very large abstract scale to them as the size probably practically triples in size, this adds to the fairytale idea of his work and how he is inspired by the different fairytale creatures.
Mr Finch has an old historic look to his art work and probably feel to his textile work which is probably because of the old recycled material he uses and the old fairytale’s he looks at for inspiration. The texture of his work is probably a mixture of smooth and rough textures all depending on the material he chose to use.
Mr Finch’s work is beautiful and how he is inspired by the beauty of fairytale makes it something much more beautiful and historic. Mr Finchs idea of using recycled material is an amazing idea and there is a tranquil beauty to his work which I love. His work is very inspiring and I will hopefully create a 3D material letter with suttle colours as Mr Finch has done.