I came across a dark brown-grey lump of beeswax in a charity shop in 2012 – they didn’t know what to do with it so I bought it. Melting it down at the studio, the floral sweet smell drew honey bees inside, and now I tend to do this work more in winter to avoid confusing the bees. I had already been gathering pheasant feathers from the estate’s annual shoot -hundreds of them- with the aim of creating a large installation called ‘Scavengers Shelter’ in the woods. It was a natural step to then marry the two materials together and create pieces using the wax and feathers. All 3D feather pieces can be exchanged in return for a donation to one of the bird charities listed (see Everything) I use beeswax for a variety of projects now, sourcing local wax from an apiarist who works in the South Hams. Feathers are supplied by the Flete Estate shoot but also roadkill.
They are very delicate pieces and can only be collected from the studio but on site visits are welcome so please do contact me should you wish to see them in real life.
Another series of 3D work started years ago with an interest in the magical qualities of circles and spheres. I’m currently working on a more environmentally friendly version of spheres using a one-off fibre-glass mould and gum paper to create my next series of globes.