Frances Pinnock

2017 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar - Leatherwork

Frances Pinnock is an artist whose practice explores the possibilities of oak bark tanned leather as a medium for sculpture and object making. Working primarily with full thickness sole bend, produced by the last remaining oak bark pit tanners in the UK, Frances employs traditional hand stitching techniques and pattern cutting to investigate and express form, shape and volume.

Frances received her QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholarship in 2017 in order to train one to one in traditional hand sewn shoemaking. She now employs these hand stitching techniques within her sculpture work.

My current practice explores the properties of oak within the ancient alchemy of leather tanning and ink making. My prints and sculptures demonstrate the effect of time on natural materials, each action performed by hand in honour of making traditions and material provenance.