A flex­i­ble Col­lab­o­ra­tion

Landscape (UK) - - In The Home -

Chris works mainly to com­mis­sion, and has been asked to make a wide va­ri­ety of dog breeds, in­clud­ing Labradors, spaniels and a collie. Her most un­usual com­mis­sion was for a green mon­key, from a client who had con­nec­tions with Bar­ba­dos. “My most pop­u­lar pieces are chick­ens, hares and foxes,” she says. She al­ter­nates her com­mis­sioned work with ex­hi­bi­tions and teach­ing work­shops. In sum­mer, she holds demon­stra­tions at the Great York­shire Show, where peo­ple are fas­ci­nated to see how she cre­ates her sculp­tures. Her largest piece is a full-sized pony, stand­ing 14.2hh. When it was needed for an ex­hi­bi­tion, it had to be trans­ported in a full-sized horse box. “The pony was done for my own ex­plo­ration, to see how far I could go,” she says. “I en­joy work­ing out how I will make some­thing. I will be proud of it one day, but not yet. I made it quite quickly, and I want to amend the front legs to make more of its mus­cu­lar­ity. “The beauty of chicken wire is that it is flex­i­ble and amenable to be­ing changed. I have never thrown away a sculp­ture. If I’m not happy with it, then I will al­ter it. The sat­is­fac­tion comes when I’m pleased with the whole thing.”

Horses are Chris’ first love and the largest an­i­mal she has sculpted. The moulded wire cre­ates a shad­owy ef­fect, mim­ick­ing the an­i­mal’s mus­cu­la­ture.

Chick­ens are among the most pop­u­lar ad­di­tions to gar­dens.

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