“Ostranenie: encouraging people to see common things as strange, wild or unfamiliar; de-familiarizing what is known in order to know it more differently or more deeply”.
As a magpie of treasures that others would deem mundane and invaluable, Fran is fascinated by ‘ostranenie’. Finding beauty in surfaces and objects that are blemished and imperfect, resonates within her whole practice; seeking to challenge the viewers perception of the familiar or previously overlooked, as well as the value attributed to the used and the antique.
Responding to her own photographs of surface pattern and texture, Fran works with mixed media and textiles, balancing found objects (usually of a rusty variety!) with tactile mark making, meticulous hand stitch and an element of weaving to create layered, often textural pieces.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.