Frances Noon: Birds and Animals Sculpture

Frances Noon has her artistic roots in Printmaking. It was the careful attention to creating etching plates for her Printmaking that led Frances to be interested in using metal as the main focus for her art. She works with copper and brass and also uses silver and bronze in her jewellery

Frances began making jewellery in 2007 and her pieces are inspired by birds and flowers. She had a desire to make something larger and began to experiment with sculpture – making little birds perched on wooden plinths. She now has an extensive menagerie of birds and animals. There are also buildings inhabited by her animals. Frances likes to have moving parts on her sculptures where she can, so there are doors that open, weather vanes that turn. All pieces are unique due to the creation process.

Frances Noon studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and then completed an MA in Printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art. She taught Art and Design in Further Education for around 24 years before deciding to work full-time in her own studio behind her home in West Yorkshire. Here she creates her jewellery and sculpture, breathing life and personality into metal and wood.

For her featured@fair trader show, Frances has created a collection of Towers, inspired by Yorkshire weaver cottages and the pump houses on Yorkshire reservoirs. She has also included some of her newest ‘nonsense birds’