Hornbeam, Metal Brass and Copper
The Artist - Matthew Franklin
Matthew Franklin was born to a pig farmer in Berkshire, 1971. After studying business and finance in Sussex, he went on to have bicycle shops. As his love of recycling and nature grew, he began to make furniture and sculptures from driftwood. In the late 90’s he saw repeated commissions from the green pioneer and ‘Body Shop’ founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick and his early work was well documented by both BBC and ITV television. Since 1997 he has worked as an environmental artist, responding to his surroundings with his mixed media creations. Primarily working with recycled wood, however his sculptures and installations have commonly involved cars, or parts of, and sometimes bicycles. His work has taken him to more than a dozen countries, including Brazil, where he built a treehouse to sleep in and to New Zealand, where he roamed ancient forests as sculpted as he went. In recent years his pieces convey much stronger environmental messages and Matthew no longer travels abroad as he prefers clean air. He does not own a vehicle. On occasion he uses one to set up exhibitions, however he has begun doing events entirely by bicycle and trailer and intends to travel from Somerset, the 100 mile countryside route to May’s 2020 Delamore Arts in this way. He has two children who are homeschooled and are often involved in the creation process and certainly in the activity of planting trees and food. He would like to build his own low impact dwelling.
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