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Mister Finch: The Wish Post

YSP Centre
Current
23 Jun–23 Sep 2018

Textile artist Mister Finch brings his intricately hand sewn and constructed menagerie to YSP in his largest solo exhibition to date. 

More than 75 individual soft sculptures showcase Finch’s masterful combination of up-cycled and new materials, from discarded wire, steel and wood, to vintage tapestries, cross stitch samplers, tablecloths, antique silverware and rescued cloth. The self-taught artist has drawn inspiration from British folklore, the historic Bretton Estate and Yorkshire wildlife to create his textile wonders.
 
Finch’s Gothic YSP fairytale centres around the story of The Wish Post, a magical kingdom of woodland animals whose job it is to collect and sort other creatures’ wishes, which are breathed into envelopes and posted in toadstool postboxes. For one night each year, The Wish Post creatures have the chance for their own dreams to be whisked away by the wind and come true. Badgers in blue jackets, hedgehogs playing brass bells, thimble-tailed rats, elegant swans, long-eared rabbits, and dapperly-dressed moles – all life-sized – gather together to prepare the wishes for the wind, ahead of The Wish Post festival. 

All works in the exhibition are available to buy, along with a special range of merchandise for YSP Shop comprising bespoke hand-embroidered tea towels and tote bags, and fabric patches.
 
The exhibition is also accompanied by a brand-new publication, self-published by Finch, which documents his journey creating The Wish Post and includes behind-the-scenes photography. 

‘Humanising animals with shoes and clothes is something I’ve always done and I imagine them to come alive at night. Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm…a story sewn in, woven in’

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Hand-sewn and embellished Bracket Mouse created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 21cm (h) x 8cm (w) x 8cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Mr Cobble Fox created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2018 – 80cm (h) x 26cm (w) x 41cm...

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Mister Finch: Mr Fernsby Fox

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Hand-sewn and embellished Mr Fernsby Fox created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2018 – 82cm (h) x 23cm (w) x 33cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Quick Quick Mouse created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 22cm (h) x 8cm (w) x...

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Mister Finch: Ribbon Mouse

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Hand-sewn and embellished Ribbon Mouse created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 26cm (h) x 8cm (w) x 8cm...

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Mister Finch: Rosehip Bunny

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Hand-sewn and embellished Shrew Badger created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 63cm (h) x 30cm (w) x 22cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 14 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 42cm (h) x 15cm (w) x 15cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 364 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 47cm (h) x 19cm (w) x 20cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 414 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 43cm (h) x 21cm (w) x 22cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 456 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 45cm (h) x 18cm (w) x 18cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 755 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 30cm (h) x 16cm (w) x 15cm...

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Mister Finch: Toadstool 87

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 87 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 56cm (h) x 18cm (w) x 18cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 873 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 39cm (h) x 22cm (w) x 22cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toadstool 928 created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 38cm (h) x 16cm (w) x 14cm...

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Hand-sewn and embellished Tonk Mouse created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 25cm (h) x 8cm (w) x 8cm...

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Mister Finch: Toots Mouse

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Hand-sewn and embellished Toots Mouse created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 21cm (h) x 8cm (w) x 8cm...

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Mister Finch: Tweadle Mouse

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Hand-sewn and embellished Tweadle Mouse created by textile artist Mister Finch as part of his YSP exhibition, The Wish Post – Created in 2017 – 23cm (h) x 8cm (w) x 8cm...

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Mister Finch: Twigs Hedgehog

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