Author(s): Mister Finch
This first book by famous textile artist Mister Finch is a gorgeous collection of the artist's fantastical, one-of-a-kind creatures. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, as well as British folklore, Finch mingles fairytales and reality to create a magical world all his own. Peek inside Finch's Yorkshire studio, a place brimming with buttons and scraps of fabric, where spindly-legged spiders keep watch over mischievous hares and carpet-winged moths perch majestically atop bookshelves. Finch's critters have been called "wonderfully peculiar and completely charming", "a joy for the eye and the soul". Many of these pieces were born of treasures lost and forgotten: velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures. The pages of this book are strewn with creatures who prove that anything is possible in the fairytale world of Mister Finch.
Mister Finch, is an exquisite craftsman and textile artist living in Yorkshire England. Aside from a single art class he took years ago, Mister Finch is entirely self-taught, having discovered his passion for sewing after dabbling in a number of different media. From ruffle-winged birds to glassy-eyed hares, Mister Finch is known and loved around the world for his enchanting, fairytale-inspired creatures. He works alone in his cosy, plant-filled studio, sewing each inimitable piece by hand, not far from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. A freelance writer and photographer, Justine Hand writes about life, art and design on her blog, designskool.net. She is also a contributing editor for Remodelista.com and Gardenista.com, where she covers emerging talent and New England style. The mother of two imaginative, young children (who often assist her in her creative work), she and her family split their time between Newton, MA and Cape Cod. Justine Hand is a New England native and historic house buff. She writes the design blog 'Design Skool,' founded on the belief that "your home should reflect your story, your history, your heritage." Justine lives in Newton where she is working to restore her own historic home.