How A Part Time Hobbyist Accidentally Became One Of The World's Best Wire Sculptors.

in #sculpture3 years ago (edited)

I love this story! A man in England named Robin Wright had been an artist and craftsman for as long as he could remember. He mostly did drawings and wood carvings but also made ornaments with copper and other metals.

In 2009 he was in the woods near his place in Staffordshire testing out a new camera. Later when he was studying the photos he found that he had captured what looked like a real fairy in the trees!

It may be the only fairy caught on camera

I admit the photo DOES look like an actual fairy..possibly the first one ever captured by a camera! My apologies, I couldn't get a copy of it to load here.

But, you can go to his site, fantasywire.co.uk and click on the "about us" tab and then click the "The Fairytale" link and it will take you to the remarkable photo.

If you like his art you'll want to go there anyway and see all the different fairy sculptures.

He didn't start trying to replicate the image that he saw right away.

It was later when he was mending a fence and wadded up some extra wire that he realized that wire would be a good medium to work with because it was pliable but strong and would hold it's shape.

That fairy photo was his inspiration

And then he remembered the fairy photo so he went to work trying to duplicate that. After he learned how to construct them with the proper proportions he hid them in the nature reserve trails behind his house.

Purely by coincidence the marketing manager for The Trentham Estate gardens was walking the trail and spotted the fairies. He later got an email and they wanted to meet with him. He thought they wanted him to do a commission piece but they wanted to buy all his fairies!

Going viral

So he sold them and they put them in their gardens. Well, it wasn't long before photos of the fairies were showing up on Reddit and Imgur and he was overwhelmed with thousands of requests each day.

An instant online business

Robin isn't a full time artist, he's a software developer.
So he created a family business with his wife, daughter, and other family members called Fantasy Wire. They sell starter kits so people can learn how to do their own sculptures and they also sell dandelion sculptures.

Most pieces were small, 8 inches to a few feet but Trentham Estate wanted him to do a life-sized fairy as a center piece for their property so he created this one called "Wishes"

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The variety of sculptures is amazing. Here are a few of them:

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I love the way he does that hair:

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Here's one on the gate to the garden paths at The Trentham Estate:

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Another one at the Trentham gardens:

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This is a super cool one that's actually a weather vane:

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Here's Robin working on a fairy:

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How to buy one

That's a great question because you can't just order one on the site. If you're interested in buying one you can email him but he admits that he's terrible at getting back with people.

The way he sells them on commission, IF he decides to do so, it's only after he gets to know someone and likes them. lol.

One of the unique aspects of his creations is a stone heart that he places in each piece which is made specifically for that individual sculpture with an engraved message on it, usually tailored to the person buying it.

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It's brilliant marketing. If you want one, it's going to take some time and it's going to be very expensive.. many thousands of dollars. I don't really think he's doing it for the money though.

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Thanks for reading folks, God bless you all!
-jonboy
Texas

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What talent and a true artist. Thanks for the tip, I'm looking at the website now.

Howdy tamaralovelace! I think it's cool because alot of people who are good with their hands could start making those and really get good at it. And obviously they are very popular.

I love these! I don't need to own one, it's enough to get to enjoy them through photos like this! Thanks for sharing these!

Howdy Melinda! I agree, I think they're super cool and they look like that photo that he caught of possibly a real one! lol.

I haven't had a chance to go look at the fairy yet. The kids are here for the weekend. I'll get caught up tomorrow night!

Oh wonderful! forget steemit! lol.

Amazing art. What a great inspiration- an actual fairy photo.
My old 35 mm camera picked up some magical things one couldn’t see with the naked eye.

Howdy redheadpei! oh how interesting, do you still have any of those images?

How awesome! I'm always awe-inspired (and sometimes a little jealous) at the magnificent artwork that other people can create.

It's always so much fun to look through your blog to learn about new things. Thanks for finding and sharing!

Howdy sir wwwiebe! Thanks for the kind words, it was such an interesting story and find. He has a great retirement waiting for him when he leaves is career job and that's what makes me a little jealous! lol.

This was such a cool read @janton, and the photo choices were excellent. Thank you my neighbor! 🇨🇱

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Howdy sir wonderwop! I agree, and that guy has a fantastic business when he retired from his job, I'm a little jealous! Thanks so much for the kind words!

What an amazing story!! So cool and incredible! I think he must have been an angel before!
Great work!

Howdy sir kaminchan! Maybe that's why he is so gifted at making those! Very interesting.

Beautiful creations. I admire people who are creative and talented.

Howdy again sir Vincent! yes, well he was already an artist but hadn't done anything like this but I think it helps that he was already a creator of art. For instance, I can't even draw stick people so I think it would take me many years to learn this if I could at all!
And yourself? Being an artist I don't think it would take you long.

Maybe with the right teacher, I could do something simple. But, nah... too much work. 😊

lol! I bet if you got good at it you could make some serious money by selling things that you made but you're right, that would take alot of work!

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Hi jonboy, I love coincidences, they are meant to be. We done to this very clever man and I just have to it - I love fairies. The real ones are everywhere living in gardens.

Howdy angiemitchell! That photo he has certainly looks real! I think most people believe in them or want to believe in them and that's why they're so popular!

Wow! That is some seriously cool art and I can't even imagine the patience Robin Wright has when doing something like this. Did you actually see one of these or just hear about the dude?

Hope he has a gallery in NYC... would totally love to see that.

Howdy there gooddream! I don't recall seeing your username which is remarkable given your amazing rep score.lol. But yes, I agree that Robin Wright would have to be extremely patient because of the method of shaping so many tiny wires, it kinda boggles my mind!

I just saw an article on him and then researched his name and found his website and story but I'd love to see and study one of his fairies up close! Thanks so much for commenting!

i'm going to have to have a closer look at this guy because there is something about fantasy wire work (never thought i would say that) that really appeals to me. I travel to NYC every year to visit family and if this guy has a gallary anywhere in the States, it would likely be there or L.A.. Therefore, let's hope it is in NYC.

But thanks for pointing it out to me because these days I tend to think that most art is quite crap. This on the other hand, is absolutely incredible.

Howdy again gooddream! I totally agree, his creations are amazing and so unique!

WOW I love this guys art :)

Me too JJ, he's very gifted isn't he? And very patient! lol. that's alot of tiny wires to shape into the exact shape.

Ohh yes incredibly patient and precise two things that don’t describe me lol

Howdy today JJ! I just got online and you sent this 4 hours ago so I guess I'm behind on getting started again but at least we're back up and running.

YEs this morning on one site I was able to reply for a bit, good to see it all seems to be back now

Man, I saw the news about Texas shooting yesterday. Whats going on in the mainland with so many shootings lately?! People need to chill a bit and stop wanting to kill all that moves!!

Howdy blacklux! I was so saddened by that and most of them have been in Texas lately so I really have no idea what's going on. The conspiracy people say that it's political, that the liberals have Texas as their number one goal to take down and turn it into a liberal state and that means going after one of her most traditional beliefs which is the 2nd Amendment.

So they think these are done by mind controlled people. I have no idea but we've always been a country of guns and never had this so it's a heart change that is happening.

Very cool! This is a fairly new medium, but so very beautiful.

Howdy sir deepwaters! I agree, it was totally new to me but so interesting and versatile! Thanks for commenting, it's a great reminder to get over to your blog!

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Well howdy there creativecrypto and thank you so much, it's an honor!

Oh my goodness!!! I think these are the most beautiful sculptures I ever seen. Altough, I also liked the work of that Polish water sculpture artist you posted while ago, these are absolutely my favorite. You know, I love fairies; I even collecting them on Pinterest...........I pinned a few from this post.

And of course, I went to check his website and I found that original photo. It is unbelievable! God truly works in mysterious ways! I enjoyed this post very much Janton............well done!

Howdy Miss Lena! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I was very fascinated by his story and his work also. It would be great to own one of his originals but they're very expensive. Oh, you collect them on Pinterest, that's so cool!

Howdy Janton! Yes, I absolutely adore them! Even if I can buy one, I have them on Pinterest, lol. Thank you so much, I am glad you found them 😊

Howdy Miss Lena! You may have seen this, I saw this today and thought of you, it's an antique fairy lamp but her wings aren't very big. But it's still a pretty cool lamp from probably the 1920's.

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Oh wow! So cute! Thank you Janton, I added to my collection 😊

Yes I just saw it there, I'll keep my eyes open for more.

Thank you Janton 😊

Extraordinary art and extremely beautiful. First time I see and hear about. This man is genius.

Howdy nelinoeva! I agree, he is very gifted indeed! I'm so glad you like those, you should get one for your flower garden or backyard!

That would be fantastic addition to any garden. 😀

Howdy nelinoeva! I agree, they are so amazing. If fairies are real then these would probably attract the real ones!

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