Alison graduated from Loughborough University in 2000 with a degree in Fine Art: Sculpture. Since then she has been specialising in metalwork and spends most of her time creating sculptures inspired by nature and wildlife, she is particularly known for her intricate and often comical birds.
Working from her studio in Shere, Alison uses basic tools to cut, hammer and weld sheet steel to create her sculptures. Often cutting large sheets in to hundreds of tiny pieces, each one individually shaped before welding them together to form the finished shape. The sculptures are then galvanised and painted bright colours to bring them to life and to add a sense of humour and quirkiness.
Alison has had several successful solo exhibitions at RHS gardens Wisley and Hyde Hall. For a number of years she created a sculpture trail of butterfly themed work to compliment Wisley’s annual Butterfly event and has also had sculpture trails of her birds and other animals in the gardens.
“I enjoy what I do, I want that to be evident in my sculptures and I hope that they bring a bit of happiness to the people that look at them.” Alison Catchlove
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