Mister Finch & ‘The Wish Post’ Exhibition

I’ve just returned home from a relaxing two week stay in Lancashire. Family, lots of tea and plenty of vintage shopping! As you may know,  I’m always on the hunt for some indulgent textile inspiration, so on my way back south I swung by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see a collection of work by the fabulous Mister Finch.

In this beautiful exhibition, spread over two floors,  I discovered the woodland characters featured in his new ‘The Wish Post‘ book.

It wasn’t long before I was drawn into the fairy-tale world of Mister Finch.

Mister Finch - Downstairs I was greeted by a jolly long-tailed rat and his two tiny companions. Each covered from head to toe in vintage textiles, embroidery and beads.

As soon as I entered, I found a jolly long-tailed rat and his two tiny companions greeting me at the foot of the stairs, each covered from head to toe in vintage textiles and embroidery then trimmed in vintage beads.

Mister Finch - squirrels carrying scissors and balls of thread guided me up the stairs.

Next, squirrels carrying scissors and balls of thread guided me up the stairs.

Mister Finch - Dapper dressed Moles carrying their harvested gems

Mister finch - rabbits wearing tail coats,

Dapper dressed moles carrying their harvested gems and bob-tailed rabbits wearing tail coats, lined the narrow corridor leading to the main exhibition.

Badgers, Foxes & Hares

It has taken Mister Finch nearly two years to assemble this collection of work. He has lovingly hand-stitched, painted and sculpted each woodland figure giving each animal its unique character.

For just a few moments I tried to image what his workroom was like, filled with vintage embroidered fabrics, paint, vintage furniture, found objects, needles and reels of thread.

Mister Finch - Letters filled with wishes, blown by the wind, are collected by the badgers in their wooden bags.

There are so many different creatures!

I found thimble tailed rats carrying bundles of wishes on their backpacks, whilst above the badgers’ heads, a wind had swept up a whirl of letters just waiting to be picked.

Mister Finch - Letters filled with wishes, blown by the wind, are collected by the badgers in their wooden bags.

In time, each and every letter will find its way into the badgers’ special wooden bags.

Tinkle and Chime

Softly tinkling bell music played in the background adding to the magical, fairy-tale story.

Mr Finch - Hedgehogs 'played' bells whilst I wandered and wondered.

Hedgehogs ‘played’ bells whilst I wandered and wondered.

Mr Finch - three long-eared rabbits wearing exquisite handmade garments, trimmed in tiny bells and envelopes and standing on green velvet covered boxes.

Adding to the melody were three long-eared rabbits standing on green velvet covered boxes, each wearing an exquisitely handmade garment trimmed with tiny bells and envelopes.

These larger than life creatures were gathered together on a large rotating table top which offered me the perfect opportunity to see the intricate detail in each and every large toadstool they were holding.

There was so much to see and I had all afternoon to see it.

Little Poe

A little fellow called Poe the Mouse is the central character in the book.

Mr Finch - Poe the Mouse. The little mouse appears in his many outfits, every surface is layered with detail.

The little mouse appears along with his friends in their many outfits.

Mister Finch - The little mouse appears in his many outfits, every surface is layered with detail.

Each one wearing an exquisite outfit full of embroidery and vintage beads.

Mister Finch For one small moment I was whisked away into Mister Finch's studio. In a cabinet was a Little Poe in his varying stages of creation. I love his little jacket with its tiny collar.

For one small moment I was whisked away into Mister Finch’s studio.  In a cabinet was Little Poe in his varying stages of creation. I love his little jacket with its tiny collar.

Toadstool ‘Post Boxes’

Majestic red and white spotted toadstools stand proud and mark the location of the fairy-tale post boxes.

Mr Finch - Hand stitched Toadstools, rest on beautifully finished wooden plinths which float above your head as you walk up the stairs.

Hand stitched, velvet topped toadstools, rest on beautifully finished wooden plinths which floated above my head as I walked up the stairs.

Mr Finch - The pieces are beautifully displayed, with attention to detail everywhere you look. There's even clay Toadstools embellishing the table legs.

I wandered around, slowly taking in the colour, texture and form of each piece.  Eventually my eyes were drawn to the stands and tables they were displayed upon. I found attention to detail everywhere, even the badgers had a table with legs embellished with clay toadstools.

Mr Finch - Tiny toadstools gently sit on the ends of hand painted knitting needles. 

Tiny toadstools decorate the top of hand painted knitting needles.

Mister Finch and His Cabinet of Curios

An elegant, long glass cabinet was home to an eclectic mix of vintage haberdashery and intriguing creatures.

Mister Finch - textile spider This little fellow is so realistic, I was happy it was behind glass.

This little fellow is so realistic I was happy it was behind glass.

Mister Finch - There's also an array of vintage scissors and red thread. A man after my own heart.

There’s also an array of vintage scissors, pincushions and red thread to drool over – a man after my own heart.

Are you a fan too?

The work is so detailed.  I can heartily recommend popping along.

I’ll be back for another look before the exhibition finishes on the 23rd September 2018.

If you’ve loved these pieces, you’ll love my post on Mister Finch and his exhibition at Anthropologie in 2014.

Are you a Mister Finch fan too? What are your favourite creatures? Share your thoughts below.

2 Replies to “Mister Finch & ‘The Wish Post’ Exhibition”

  1. Thank you for sharing your photos of the exhibit. Living overseas, I won’t be able to see it in person, so I’m especially happy to read your post. The book is on its way to my mailbox, and I’m eager to pore every page and fall into Poe’s magical world. Until then, just seeing so many of the actual figures and such detail is a real treat. Thanks again!

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