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Gavin Darby

Frailloop
Gavin took a welding evening class at a local college with a boring purpose in mind. However his practice pieces slowly began to develop in unusual ways. Fellow students began to 'rescue' them from the bin and take them home. A friend bemoaning the difficultly of finding that special gift ended with a commission and Frailloop was born.

Gavin has a strong green streak running through him. The name – Frailloop – is used to reflect his view of the world and the fragile links that holds the environment together. It is easy for an individual to think they can't change the whole world. Gavin's belief is that he can make a small difference, with every positive step being better than nothing.
 
Gavin's chosen medium is found metal – recycling industry waste and rubbish. The objects themselves give him inspiration to weld them to a form suggesting a plant or bird. Pieces are built to last, with an appropriate finish. His believe is that each piece should be allowed mellow into it's surroundings, allowing the different metals to react naturally with the world, and allow the shades of reds and browns to take over. However this finish does not suit every piece and an angle-grinder can be used to bring out the bare metal to be treated with oil or lacquer to slow the aging process.

Each piece is individual and unique. Animals are brought to life with a face to give to character – an inquisitive look, a cheeky grin, the occasional scowl – allowing Gavin to add a little of his humour into each.

 
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