I am delighted to have partnered with renowned butchers ‘The Ginger Pig’. This collaboration came about as we recognised that we share many of the same core values…
Craftsmanship and Process
At the heart of their butchery and what makes them superior is that they celebrate craftsmanship; the art of an age-old trade, and process; the attention to detail that leads to a premium end product. These values very much resonate with me and my work. Each of my sculptures goes through a number of stages – from traditional sculpting of the form, through the fabrication process, and all finished by hand.
If you have followed my work for a while, you will know that my sculptures are constructed from multiple layers welded together with precision. Much like in butchery, where different cuts are prepared with precision.
‘The Ginger Pig’ also places a huge focus on sustainability and ensuring their produce has been sustainably sourced. I mirror this by carefully selecting the materials I use - Mrs Pig II is made in copper, and it is estimated that 80% of copper ever mined is still in use today.
In October, Mrs Pig II will be going on tour around ‘The Ginger Pig’ London shops. She will be travelling between 8 shops in 9 months before returning to her final location - the Barnes shop in July 2022.
The idea for Mrs Pig II came to me when I was walking with some friends along the canal from Great Bedwyn. We passed a field where there were three Tamworth sows. I was struck by how majestic they were and came back the next day to sketch them. This was the start of the process that inspired me to create Mrs Pig II.
It is very fitting that the origins of ‘The Ginger Pig’ also began with three Tamworth sows - Milly, Molly and Mandy. These pigs belonged to the farmer Tom Wilson on his farm in North Yorkshire. What started out as a smallholding and a passion for rare breeds, over time has evolved into a network of like-minded farmers who supply ‘The Ginger Pig’ with the best produce in the country.
November/December: Borough Market
December/January 2022: Marylebone
January/February 2022: Hoxton
February/March 2022: Shepherds Bush
March/April 2022: Clapham
April/May 2022: Wanstead
May/June 2022: Loughton
June/July 2022: Barnes