More than 75 individual soft sculptures showcase Finch’s masterful combination of up-cycled and new materials, from discarded wire, steel and wood, to vintage tapestries, cross stitch samplers, tablecloths, antique silverware and rescued cloth. The self-taught artist has drawn inspiration from British folklore, the historic Bretton Estate and Yorkshire wildlife to create his textile wonders.
Finch’s Gothic YSP fairytale centres around the story of The Wish Post, a magical kingdom of woodland animals whose job it is to collect and sort other creatures’ wishes, which are breathed into envelopes and posted in toadstool postboxes. For one night each year, The Wish Post creatures have the chance for their own dreams to be whisked away by the wind and come true. Badgers in blue jackets, hedgehogs playing brass bells, thimble-tailed rats, elegant swans, long-eared rabbits, and dapper moles – all life-sized – gather together to prepare the wishes for the wind, ahead of The Wish Post festival.
All works in the exhibition are available to buy, along with a special range of merchandise for YSP Shop. The exhibition is accompanied by a brand-new publication, self-published by Finch, which documents his journey creating The Wish Post and includes behind-the-scenes photography and personal sketches.