Mister Finch, is an exquisite craftsman and textile artist living in Yorkshire England. Aside from a single art class he took years ago, Mister Finch is entirely self-taught, having discovered his passion for sewing after dabbling in a number of different media. From ruffle-winged birds to glassy-eyed hares, Mister Finch is known and loved around the world for his enchanting, fairytale-inspired creatures. He works alone in his cozy, plant-filled studio, sewing each inimitable piece by hand, not far from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
The book invites the reader to experience his supernatural dreamscape, where melancholy and mirth flutter with embroidered or carpeted wings in circles beneath a silvery, luminous moon. -- Lauren Stover Faerie Magazine, Winter 2014 My friend Mister Finch's new book invites us to a magical world of stuffed animals and creatures from British folklore. He's such a talented textile artist! Sweet Paul Magazine, Winter 2014 His work is impeccably detailed, quirky, wonderful and I would decorate my house full of his amazing sculptures if I could! A story like home! -- Victoria Bramwell, China Bambi December 1, 2014 Mister Finch: Living in a Fairytale World has been highly anticipated by fans of the textile artist Mister Finch and it does not disappoint. For those who have glimpsed his world of creatures and woodland flora and fauna through his Etsy shop, Facebook page and Pinterest, Mister Finch's creations are brought together to form a cohesive whole and show how his work interacts to create a mythology of its own. December 2014 So very much to love in his whimsical works of heart, and his new book is a wonderland of lovely. -- Michele Ranard hello lovely, December 25, 2014 Sumptuously illustrated, Mister Finch: Living in a Fairytale World offers the reader a gander inside the mythic world of Mister Finch. His creations are mostly 'upcycled,' a curiously esoteric term meaning repurposed from oddments and junk shop finds... The book rather neatly divides into motifs and fixtures. Here be uncanny hares and foxes, meticulously brocaded songbirds and insects, troops of dysmorphic mushrooms - all the shadowy imaginings of childhood dreams. The effect is mesmerising and faintly unsettling. -- Neil Mudd Culturevulture.Net, December 27, 2014 Leeds-based textile artist Mister Finch is a master of artistic recycling as he breathes life into vintage fabrics by transforming them into sculptures of moths, rabbits, mushrooms, and strange hybrid lifeforms. -- Christopher Jobson, Colossal blog December 31, 2014 The appeal of Mister Finch is his ability to humanize the life cycles of nature. The book allows the reader to scrutinize the tiny details that make that make his work exceptional. -- Cami Smith Fiberarts Magazine, Winter 2014 What do beetles have to do with a self-described 'man who sews' working in Yorkshire? Well, Mister Finch makes embroidered fabric versions...Reared as I was on Beatrix Potter's tales, I can't help thinking of The Tailor of Gloucester who would surely have been right at home in Mister Finch's fairytale world. -- Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie's January 13, 2015 I find him absolutely inspiring and love his style of art. I will bring one of his creatures to my house one day, I am sure! February 26, 2015 Tucked away in his studio in Yorkshire, Mister Finch has slowly carved a niche as a unique life-giver to a fairytale menagerie of birds and beasties of mythical, folkloric proportions. His love of the natural world and storytelling is surpassed only by his drive to create. Embroidery Magazine, March / April 2015 So, what do I love most about Mister Finch? Perhaps it is his quiet working away in his studio, like a puppet maker. Perhaps it is the stories tied tight in the minds of his sleeping creatures. Perhaps it is the way he walks towards a darker dreaming but always with beauty. Perhaps it is his ability to give away nothing about himself while sharing not only his work but the work of people who make him smile. His generosity of mind and spirit. Perhaps. Swans, hares, foxes, dreaming, moths. We have much in common and yet so different. -- Jackie Morris, Jackie Morris Blog April 3, 2015 The artist known as Mister Finch recasts the creepy crawly delights of the forest using recycled textiles that add a curious touch of elegance and morbidity. -- Miss Rosen Crave Online, June 22, 2015