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Juxtapozmisterfinch07Is there anything more visually stunning and supremely tactile than the gorgeous stuffed creatures of self-taught Leeds textile artist Mister Finch? His sculptures are so incredibly charming and sophisticated in character I just want to reach out and give them a squeeze. (Wouldn’t mind giving this beautiful gent a squeeze myself!)

Collecting textiles from all over and combining them with scraps of scattered, lost and unwanted objects and mediums, he hand stitches elements of the forgotten and discarded and breathes new life into them in his own fantastical way. Their antique qualities evoke the ancient world of fairy-tales and the mysterious otherworldly stuff of dreams, as he weaves and stitches their stories together.

To find out more about this incredibly lovely man, and see what he’s creating next, visit his beautiful websiteJuxtapozmisterfinch00 Juxtapozmisterfinch01 Juxtapozmisterfinch02 Juxtapozmisterfinch03 Juxtapozmisterfinch04 Juxtapozmisterfinch05 Juxtapozmisterfinch06 Juxtapozmisterfinch09 Juxtapozmisterfinch11 Juxtapozmisterfinch12 Juxtapozmisterfinch13 Juxtapozmisterfinch15 Juxtapozmisterfinch16 Juxtapozmisterfinch18 Juxtapozmisterfinch19 Juxtapozmisterfinch20

e1Born in Paris in 1975, Eva Jospin has created a unique way of bringing the life cycle of cardboard around full circle by turning back into the forest from whence it came – or at least, a representation of it. Reinventing the very nature of what makes a forest, she deconstructs the man-made and re-assembles it back into its original form.

Ripping and cutting through piles and piles of cardboard, layering it expertly in arrangements to create bas relief and even 3-dimensional shapes, her pieces grow a renewed life of their own and become a metaphor for exploration of self and expression of the internal journey of human existence. The juxtaposition of working with sturdy raw materials against the fragility and impermanence of nature itself is what lends a profound meaning to her work. We are so connected to nature as humans living on this earth, and yet there is a major disparity and disconnect that we are constantly trying to overcome.

I’d love to see a giant installation of Jospin’s forest and get lost in it, wouldn’t you?

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