Kari Furre is both sculptor and metalsmith, her chosen material being fish leather which she herself creates using a lesser known leather process particular to the Arctic circle. Hers is a complete process-led practice from locally sourcing fish and tanning their skins with sustainable materials such as willow bark and natural soap to make pliable, sweet-scented leathers, to fashioning objects of exquisite and translucent beauty crowned with delicate metalwork.
Inextricable is the way her practice weaves with her life: her connection to Nordic heritage coming through her Norwegian father, her time studying tanning in Sweden and Iceland, and her work as a highly regarded sculptor in the museum and heritage world at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, the Glacier Museum in Norway among many others.
Kari’s time flows between her passion for distance wild swimming and her leather sculpting. It is clear that there is a meditative quality to both, a deep connection to the cycle and sustainability of nature through water and the life it gives.
Her objects convey a deep reverence and sense of the magnificence and preciousness of nature. They speak of mankind’s relationship with nature, referencing the past with their relic-like form, the present in the power of connecting with nature’s elements and the future in the delicate relationship hanging in the balance between man and environment.
Regarding her work, the viewer is presented with an object of sacred quality, as though out of antiquity, and discovers not just a raw material transfigured to an object of reverential beauty but that they too are transfigured as they engage with it.
- May 2017 London Craft Week, at Leather Sellers Hall
- May 2017 Crafts Magazine for Contemporary Crafts – photograph.
- Jan 2017 Devon Life – article about fish leather
- October 2016 Film about work – Kari Furre, Mountain Journal shorts
- September 2016 – Intimate Sculpture, at Dartington Hall Devon
- June 2016 We Find Ourselves at Sea, joint installation with Lynne Roper
- January 2016 Financial times – article about fish leather
- September 2015 Designer Maker show for London Design Week
- May 2015 Visit to Lotte Rahme in Sweden
- May 2014 Harbour House Kingsbridge ‘The imaginary Body’
- April 2014 Red Propeller Gallery
- May 2013 Open Studios Harbertonford
- November 2012 Greenhill Gallery Moreton Hampstead
- July 2012 Cindy Ashbridge Gallery – Fowey
- October 2011 Mint Gallery London
- July 2011 New Designers Islington – London
- June 2011 Graduate Show Torre Abbey Torquay
- June 2011 Entry for Pewter Live – commendation
- June 2011 Bovey Tracy Craft Contemporary show
- 2014 Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh transferred to New York, Costume props for Museum in Kasikstan, Reproduction ‘Twigs” for Artist Laura Youngston Coll., Ladder Kids for Yinka Shonibare
- 2013 The Last Supper for Yinka Shonibare, 2013 Yorkshire Sculpture Park ‘Egg Wall’ for Yinka Shonibare
- 2012 Body Armour for Kim Cattrall in transfer of Anthony and Cleopatra to Chichester
- Public Sculpture for the Rebecca Addlington Swimming Centre
- Prior to the above she worked as a fabricator for Yinka Shonibare MBE, as well as for the heritage museum sector, television and specialist prop making.