Robin Wight is the talented artist behind the wire fantasy sculptures of fairies. These sculptures bring fairytale to our world in these photos. We sat down with Wight to answer a few questions about the inspiration and process of these sculptures.
How did you get your start in making fairies?
I had a camera for Christmas (2009). While in the woods, learning how to use it, I took a photo of the light streaming through the trees on to some moss covered rocks. It was only later when I unloaded the camera and examined the images that I noticed what looks like a fairy in the tree. I’m sure it must be just an illusion, like seeing a rabbit shape in the clouds, but it does look convincingly like a fairy.
Why/how did you chose wire as your medium?
In early 2010, I was mending a fence and having replaced a length of fence wire, I was screwing the old piece up to throw away, when it occurred to me that fence wire was a good material to model with. It’s easy to bend, its requires no special treatments or expensive equipment. It produces a permanent weatherproof result. It’s like a sort of metal clay. You can both add and remove (unlike sand and wood) if you make a mistake. I thought I’d start with a simple human figure and perhaps because of the recent photo I decided to make it a fairy and use chicken mesh as a sort of membrane for its wings. The net result was very crude and certainly would not win any prises, but as a proof of concept for wire as a material to work with, I was hooked.
Were there difficulties in making the human from with wire?
After around 5 attempts of increasing the fairy scale to get more detail with larger wire and using smaller gauge wire, but struggling with proportions, I decided to rethink. I took measures of several human proportions and worked out the average skeleton and even muscle measurement. I then went about making a prototype called “Glance” which incorporated all the new designs including my first attempt at hair. Glance worked well and turned out to be reasonably accurate, although she seemed a little overweight for a fairy. Because glance was a simple standing pose glancing over her shoulder (hence the name), her hair simply hung down her back and over her shoulders. As the finished texture of wrapped wire creates a sort of camouflage effect it was hard to tell where her hair ended and her body began, so I abandoned hair for a while and stuck to adding simple bluebell style hats.