“Recreating birds in leather is akin to trying a frankenstein attempt at bringing life back to a beautiful creature.”
With leather as her medium, Georgina Brett Chinnery creates sculptural forms which exploit traditional tooling, braiding and stitching techniques, celebrating the tactile essence of material. ‘Bird Brain’, a series of sculptural forms from 2014-2016, invites us to delve into the conscious and ask how we see ourselves and others. Each a form of archetype, these birds are chosen to represent chapters on the road to awareness, for nothing is always as it seems. The endeavour of the labour intensive making process parallels our continuous striving for clarity and serenity. Brett Chinnery’s artistry is in the seemingly effortless combining of material, process and meaning, her exceptional work has earned her the Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award for two years running.
Georgina studied 3D Design at St. Albans School of Art and subsequently went on to learn the craft of upholstery. Utilising theses skills she started making her own bespoke furniture which sold at Liberty together with private and commercial clients worldwide, and her work has been featured in numerous publications.
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’ in the Project Space at Collect in 2011.
Georgina’s work continues to explore this transition and examines the juxtaposition of beauty, horror, death, rebirth, freedom and restriction. She is presently continuing to develop the Bird Brain series with new birds, in addition to other pieces that are beginning to appear.