Frances has been exploring larger 3d pieces for about 4 years now, I sees these as an extension & a combination of her jewellery & print techniques. She begins with birds & hens as a main theme, but now include a range of animals, boats, trees and new wall pieces. She likes to play around with scale in my work, just like you would see in a dolls house with different sized furniture & huge doll occupants.They combine base metals, copper & brass, with wood and allow her to use colour in my work.
She hand textures the metal using the rolling mill & by hammering, she has a variety of punches to draw with on the metal surface & file the shapes around the edges. The metal parts are soldered together & then taken through an oxidisation process.
Some of her pieces have integral wooden parts now, especially the boats & trees. So she spends equal amount of time sawing & sanding down wooden pieces. She uses layer upon layer of paint to build up the coloured surface so it looks aged & worn.