Meet Goosey Lucy, the latest addition to our garden.
I made her on Saturday at a workshop run by Susan Nichols in Fridaythorpe, which is a little village on the York to Bridlington road. Susan makes amazing life-size sculptures from chicken wire of birds, animals, children, have a look at her website to see what she makes http://www.holmfieldnurseries.co.uk
I first met Susan at a workshop organised by the Women’s Institute at Alma House in Ripon, I made a chicken, mine was a very chunky chuck, that was about three years ago and she still looks great!
We started off with a basic wire frame, this was then padded out using ‘sausage rolls and yumyums’ of chicken wire held on with more sheets of chicken wire. Susan is a great teacher, very patient, no one ever goes home with a duff bird! It’s quite hard work making the birds, there’s a lot of twisting movements to secure the wire, I was tired at the end of the day!
A couple of years ago I made Daphne the Duck at another WI workshop.
My pride and joy however has to be Hubert the Heron. I made Hubert in March this year. He presides over the pond. The sculptures are very sturdy. Their legs are made from 6mm steel rods and Susan’s engineering background ensures they are well braced!
Goosey Lucy was made to go in the AA garden, I needed a fairly tall bird as the plants are pretty tall, ideally I should have made her looking up but I like the shape of the neck on the geese looking down. She is a big bird, weighs a lot too. I’m really pleased with her!