If you’ve read at least one post on this blog you know I’m not a fan of cute, precious, or twee. So, imagine my surprise when I was captivated by the work of Mr. Finch, who conjures creatures out of old fabrics and other recycled materials.
Some are realistic, some are fantastical, some are imbued with very non-realistic qualities. I think they’re strange enough to escape cuteness.
From his website:
“My main inspirations come from nature and often I return to certain ideas again and again.
Flowers, insects and birds really fascinate me with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviour.
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.”
With British understated humor he says his business is called Mr. Finch to let people know he’s a man who sews. “We are a bit thin on the ground but we are out there!”
He’s just published a book called Mr. Finch: Living In A Fairytale World. It’s available on Amazon. You can read an interview with him in Sweet Paul Magazine. To see what he’s been up to recently try his Facebook page. And good luck trying to buy any of his creations on Etsy. His shop says he is sold out.
I’ll close with two of my favorites.