Silken Lurcher – Barbara Franc


Silken Lurcher ‘Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished’

Maker: Barbara Franc

Medium: Wire & Textiles

38cm H x 45cm L x 16cm W

The title for this dog comes from a poem by Dean Koontz and it strikes a chord in my own heart.

My own Deerhound X lurcher, Rufus, acts as a tireless model for many of my sculptures and he does look very like this particular one.

The vintage fabrics covering this piece come from all over the world, an ‘Op’ shop (Charity shop) in Australia, a ‘flea market’ in Limoges and silks from my German Grandmother.


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‘Animal life fascinates me, it is my main source of inspiration, their forms, be they of ‘fur and feather or beak and claw’ constantly intrigue me.

For this I use wire and other materials in a way that allows me greater freedom to add changes whenever I want during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form.
 I increasingly use recycled and discarded materials as I enjoy the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting.

I attended Morley College of Art in the late 70s where I studied Life drawing under Maggie Hambling and John Bellany. In the late 80s I attended Richmond College to study Sculpture under Avril Vellacott, but the most influential of my mentors was Mary Orrom, an inspired and inspiring sculptor, based in Great Missenden, Bucks.’


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