“Recreating birds in leather is akin to trying a frankenstein attempt at bringing life back to a beautiful creature.” 

 English artist Georgina Brett Chinnery creates sculptural forms in leather, which exploit traditional techniques of surface leather decoration. Her artistry is in the seemingly effortless combining of material, process and meaning through a labour-intensive making process - which she presents as a parallel to our continuous striving for clarity and serenity in life.

She studied 3D Design at St. Albans School of Art and subsequently went  on to learn the craft of upholstery. Through the knowledge she acquired in these skills, Brett Chinnery started making her own bespoke interior pieces, which sold at Liberty together with private and commercial clients worldwide. 

The idea of trying out leather on a popular design led her on a new path, she partook in a short course on decorated leather and showed her first collection ‘Flora and Fauna” at Collect 2011, The international Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design at the Saatchi Gallery.

In 2014 Brett Chinnery received the Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award for 2 years running where she created ‘Bird Brain’ a series of 10 sculptural forms 2014-2017. ‘Bird Brain’ invites the viewer to delve in to the  conscious and ask how we see ourselves and others, with the bird forms chosen to represent chapters on the road to awareness. 

Her work continues to explore this transition and examines the juxtaposition of beauty, horror, death and rebirth.

Brett Chinnery’s work has been shown in Europe as well as featuring in numerous publications, and has pieces in private collections worldwide.

SHOWS

2020 Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Open 27 August - 3 Jan 2021

2019 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 10 June - 12 August

2018 'Her Story' Manhattan Arts International 28 June - 20 August

2018 Walsall Leather Museum, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, 9 June - 29 September

2018 London Craft Week, Leathersellers' Hall, 8-11 May

2017 Masquerade, Wing Gallery, Wadhurst, 16-30 November

2017 Pure Autumn Art Fair, The Powdermills Hotel, Battle 7-15 October

2017 London Craft Week, Fine Leatherwork at Leathersellers' Hall 4-6 May

2016 London Design Festival, British Craft Pavilion 22-25 Sept 

2015 Lustre, OBS Gallery, Tonbridge, East Sussex 5/6 12/13 Dec 

2015 'Garden', Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex 16 May - 21 June

2014 Very Upmarket Designers and Makers Fair, Baker Mamanova Gallery 28/29/30 March 

2013 Underdog Gallery, London. 26 Oct - 15 Nov 

2013 20 Kings Road Gallery, East Sussex April/ May

2012 Le Cuir A Paris, 14 -16 Feb 

2011 Coastal Currents, East Sussex. Sept 

2011 Collect, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London. 6-9 May 

2008 Tent London, Truman Brewery, London. Sept 18-21 

2006 No More Grey, Redchurch Street, London. 21 Sept – 1 Oct 2006.

AWARDS AND SUPPORT

2015 Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers' Award 2015

2014 Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers' Award 2014

2006 Cibas Peer Mentoring Programme, Palmer Hamilton Partnership.