#GoldenHareStories Part 6: Hollie Overton

October 17, 2018

#GoldenHareStories Part 6: Hollie Overton

Hollie Overton

I've been aware of Hollie Overton's work for many years now. Mum has the most beautiful cabinet in the kitchen made by her with little drawers and a perch with a row of chickens on. When I first opened Golden Hare, mum came in very useful with suggestions of artists to get on board. Mum has a keen eye for quality and a lot of very lovely, talented contacts within the arts industry. Many of the artists mum suggested to me are still with me today and are fully embedded into the Golden Hare Family, one of which is Hollie.

Hollie skilfully creates the most characterful and intricate chickens out of wire. Not just chickens- mainly chickens, but also puffins and seabirds. Last year Hollie moved out to New Zealand, a country famed for its birds- the kiwi, the Pukeko, the Kereru (all of which i struggle to say without putting on an accent!). And although  Hollie is now the other side of the world from Bedfordshire, this hasn't yet proven too much of a problem as she's regularly back in the UK visiting family and ahem, frantically making me wire birds for the gallery! 

Hollie Overton

Hollie has actually exhibited at Country Living Fairs in the past, so it's a great pleasure to bring her work with me in a couple of weeks. All of Hollies sculptures start off as a drawing, experimenting to find the features that give a bird it's character. Then once this is established Hollie translates the drawing into a 3D drawing of wire. For a new design this process takes a long time, however once Hollie has found the right look then it can be duplicated.

Each bird is created freehand using pliers and wire snips. The wire is fastened together by coiling- not soldering, and feathers are painstakingly paired up and glued on.

Hollie Overton

"My favourite part is seeing people’s faces when they haven’t seen my work before. When a new design clicks and I capture the bird’s expression just right. Particularly with puffins! The line between the desired ‘mildly concerned’ expression and just angry is very fine!"

We currently have a wide selection of Hollie's wire birds, so be quick if you'd like one as we won't get more until she's next in the UK! 

Buy Hollie's work here: https://goldenhare.co.uk/collections/hollie-overton




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