Remodelista contributing editor Justine Hand became an instant fan of Mister Finch when she discovered his work on Etsy a while back. The two struck up a mutual admiration, and when Finch embarked on his first book project, Mister Finch: Living in a Fairytale World (just published by Glitterati), he asked her to contribute the preface. “Sometimes stained, at others bejeweled, Finch’s creations constantly walk the knife’s edge between extremes: life and death, melancholy and mirth, the beautiful and the bizarre,” she writes. “Never falling to one side, they hold us in a place that is precarious but tantalizing.”
And who is Mister Finch? A British textile artist who stitches stuffed animals, insects, and flowers from leftover scraps, the mysterious Mister Finch works out of a studio in Yorkshire, England, that’s “full of books, glass jars, and naughty cats. I’ve called my business Mister Finch so it’s clear from the start that I’m a man and one that sews.” Finch taps into the fantasy of fairytales and folklore, and, on first viewing, his one-of-a-kind creatures seem a tad sinister, but move in closer and you’ll find beautifully hand-sewn details that are poetic and achingly beautiful.
Here’s a look at some highlights from the book.
Above: An owl made from recycled materials. Mister Finch favors timeworn fabrics “not only as an ethical statement,” he says, “but because I believe they add more authenticity and charm. Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress, and a vintage apron become birds and beasts looking for new owners and adventures to have.”
Above: Finch’s addition of clothing adds a human element to his creatures: “I like to imagine them coming alive at night. Getting dressed or helping an elderly shoemaker or the tired housewife.”
Above: Butterflies and moths are a longstanding Mister Finch obsession.
Above: Three mice in ruffles.
Above: Mister Finch wearing one of his own creations attached to his coat.