Chicken Wire Sculptures

Meet Goosey Lucy, the latest addition to our garden.

Chicken Wire Sculpture

Goosey Lucy

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!

Chicken Wire Sculpture

Nettie the Chicken wire chicken

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.

Chicken Wire Sculpture

Chicken Wire Sculpture

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!

Hubert the Heron

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!

Chicken Wire Sculpture

Goosey Lucy in the AA garden

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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