I started making figures on wooden blocks for no discernible reason at all, except perhaps that I liked the idea of having words just hanging around in the air letting everyone know what was going on. I’m fascinated by body language, and by general silliness. I still, at my very advanced age, run around with my arms out pretending to be a plane, so I made a bird that has ‘pretending to be a spitfire’ printed on a piece of clear acetate dangling around behind it. I can’t seem to help putting little birds in wellies, standing them on their own or together on blocks and inventing a story about what they’re doing.
Small blocks are made up of a 5cm high pewter bird (or two) standing on blocks of wood that are about 10.5cm x 5.5cm by 3.5cm deep. Large blocks are made up of a number of 5cm high pewter birds standing on blocks of wood that are 14cm x 7.5cm x 5cm.
The figures themselves can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, but it’s best to try to avoid wetting the acetate strip. The wooden base has been sealed with acrylic lacquer so can also be wiped with a wet cloth.