Frances Pinnock is an artist whose practice reflects upon the natural world and the human figure. Her biomorphic works are informed by observational drawings, filtered through dreams and abstraction to become minimalist forms. These forms are synthesised as sculpture through stitch.
Frances works with sole bend leather used within bespoke shoemaking practices, produced by the last traditional oak bark tannery in the UK. It is a rich and dynamic material that, for her, resonates with something akin to living wood. She manipulates her medium through pattern cutting, and meticulously hand stitches her sculptures together with threads hand made from hemp and beeswax.
Frances studied Modelmaking at the Arts University Bournemouth before receiving a QEST scholarship to train in traditional hand-sewn shoe making. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ award and established her artistic practice, exhibiting in group shows such as Future Heritage in 2021.