Setting the Scene
I live and work from my little cottage nestled at the bottom of the beautiful South Shropshire Hills. My farmhouse kitchen table is like my old friend; it's served dutifully as a wonderful place to bring the family together, hosted friends, and shared memories through the years. Now it boldly resides in my work room and the energy from it continues as it currently supports layers of paint, paverpol, drill holes, more memories and the ever evolving birthing of my sculptures. It's a great place to work, evoke memories and emotions, inspire .... and still have the space to enjoy a cuppa (or a glass) with friends and family.
What I Do
I make emotive mixed media sculptures using wire, foil and fabric dipped into a weatherproof textile hardener called Paverpol. They are suitable for home and garden. (Garden sculptures must be coated with varnish and left for a few weeks before being placed outside). Once prepared, garden sculptures should last through all weathers and for many years.
All my pieces evolve to have their own unique spirit; - this keeps the joy of making them alive and exciting. I endeavour to capture movement, dynamics, and an emotional response to my work; the tenderness between a mother and baby, or between two lovers; the dynamics of a dancing couple, the joy and energy of childhood.
I'm inspired by memories, as well as having a love of people watching - noting the dynamics, body languages and actions of people. Sometimes an idea will just pop into my head and then off I go into creating something new and exciting.
I receive many requests for one off commissions which I am happy to discuss and hopefully fulfill. October on wards gets a bit manic with orders for Christmas so if you have an idea, then please allow plenty of time!
I've started running workshops in Paverpol, as well as occasionally continuing my previous life of running textile classes. I have run Beginner's Paverpol Classes with an optional follow on session to develop and create your own idea.
I have recently made a commission for a primary school near Manchester and run a two day workshop with the children there.
If you are interested in any future workshops either as an individual or as a group then please get in touch. Workshops in the pipeline are on my events page.
My sculptures make great gifts for those special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, births, Christenings. If you have an idea in mind for a customized commission, please contact me so we can discuss the options further, otherwise there are sculptures I make to order on my online shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Stephaniessculptures.