Ancient practices in skin processing are a primary focus in my work. Historically we have created artefacts from skin by applying little more than organic liquors, hand held tools and time.
A recipient of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ award (2019 & 2020), Frances’ practice explores the possibilities of oak bark leather as a medium within sculpture. Her practice allows for the materials inherent qualities to be witnessed as veins, scars, and stretch marks tell us something of the animals life.
Frances aims to connect her audience with the wider context of oak bark leather tanning, telling the story of the people and techniques that come together to produce her materials. She works primarily with full thickness sole bend leather, produced by the last remaining oak bark tannery in the UK. J & F J Baker utilise bovine skins as a byproduct of the west country meat industry and tanning processes that have remained unchanged for over a thousand years.
Frances blends natural elements such as bark and galls from the oak tree, creating inks for her drawings and applies the slow and rhythmic labour of hand stitching to each of her sculptures.
Cockpit Arts Awards
01/04/2020 - 31/03/2021The Worshipful Company of Leatherseller's 2020 Award
01/04/2019 - 31/03/2020The Worshipful Company of Leatherseller's 2019Award
-Jill Humphrey Springboard Prize 2019