Welcome to all that I create by hand with wood.
No lasers, CNC, 3D printing or plywood here!
I am compelled to work with wood and I am at my most content when at my saw. In a world full of the mediocre and mass production masquerading as art and craft, I am determined to at least try to skillfully make something that’s beautiful and one of a kind.
I create art pieces suggested by the wood I find, the landscapes I love, their inhabitants, and their stories.
I don’t have a story of hardships overcome, or a quirky ‘brand Fiona’to sell you, but if you want to know a little more..
I studied Industrial Design, Craftsmanship and Furniture Restoration in the 90s, but gave up my studies to bring up my lovely son. Then I fell into working with young people with additional needs and behavioural difficulties. I was good at my job, but contrary to the acceptable narrative, it wasn’t particularly rewarding. Physically and emotionally it was bloody hard work. I was worn down by the threats,assaults and systems that favoured those that played the game, rather than those who worked, learnt and cared.
All along, I couldn't be kept from working wood. Making chairs, guitars and cajon drums on the side and finally decided that I needed to get back to making full time. I am overwhelmingly grateful for my husband’s support in making this possible.
We live in a terrace, near a noisy dual carriageway, with distracting, saddening, antisocial behaviour around us seemingly a constant. I work out of a draughty shed in the garden, with minimal kit. The flower festooned cottages with country views and beautifully equipped studios that seem to be a staple of artists statements, are the stuff of my dreams. But I guess that’s where my work comes from too. :)