Sculptor Barbara Franc is one of those persons who is making a great contribution to the planet we live in. She is not only recovering discarded or recycled materials, but she also has the talent to transform them into amazing pieces of art.
If you love the little details of life you will be surprised looking at how many insignificant objects she links together to compose every one of her birds, horses, dogs, squirrels, and swans. Consequently, any of her sculptures could be a micro world of: watch straps, keys, steel and copper wire, bike spanners, recycled tin, zip fastenings, bicycle brakes, nutcrackers, typewriter keys, coaster wheels, jewelry, and all kind of useless objects. The result is simply surprising and amusing.
Huntley the Zebra
Shaggy Dog Tale
Made from recycled fabric and her Grandmothers old tapestry.
The name comes from all the wonderful small toy coach horses she found at a car boot sale and incorporated into the piece. You can see one of the toy horses under the eye which is made from an antique spoon.
It is cast in bronze resin and is number 2 of an edition of 25. The original was made from wood and plaster around which she wrapped and stitched layer after layer of fabric, lace and wire.
“Picante” the squirrel
Here is “Picante” the squirrel, named after the pimento tins she used in making him.
These cheeky squirrels are all approximately life size Red Squirrels and can be made to either be displayed scampering up a wall or sitting on a flat surface.
The White Swan and the Black Swan are both life size and constructed from decorative tins and recycled objects such as old ration tins, umbrella spokes and cutlery, to name a few.
They are constructed out of a whole selection of: blocks of wood, old fabrics, typewriter keys, tin and knitting needles and whatever else she could lay her hands on.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Blue and Yellow Macaw
Scarlet and Yellow Macaw
About The Artist
Barbara Franc was born in UK. In the late 70s she studied Life drawing in Morley College of Art, and in the late 80s she studied Sculpture in Richmond College where she got the influence of her mentor Mary Orrom, an inspired and inspiring sculptor.
Most of her pieces are done to private or corporate commission and she is represented by several galleries but she is also open to any inquiries about her work.
Learn more about Barbara by visiting her website barbarafranc.co.uk.
Also make sure you check out her Facebook page.
Image Credit: All images in this page are property of Barbara Franc and are being displayed with her consent.
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