Interior and exterior sculpture and garden art
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Welcome to the Iron Vein website, the unique resource for interior and garden art, and outdoor garden sculpture.
Iron Vein Steel Sculpture is the result of the collaboration between designer makers Victoria Govan and Richard Warner.
Their point of origin was cutting and welding reclaimed steel which they felt had an intrinsic beauty and value which went beyond its mere industrial function, and had been discarded thoughtlessly at great ecological expense.
They create beautiful sculptural work for inside and out; stylish and contemporary, but simplistic and thoughtful.
About their organiform garden sculptures Richard said:
Of course you don’t need any particular ‘type’ of garden for this kind of sculpture: they can be slotted into holes drilled in hard landscaping such as decking, stone or wood, or simply popped into a planter!
“Quite a few clients have opted to commission wooden plinths from us as well so they can have the sculptures indoors – and they do look fabulous if you have the space!”
Rain or shine, summer or winter, indoors or out, a piece of Iron Vein sculpture provides a beautiful and long lasting visual presence.
Thank you for taking the time to look at this site, and I hope Iron Vein can be of assistance to you.
"When it comes to designers, no-one comes close to nature. We've always been in awe of the solutions that She comes up with, and the beauty and simplicity involved. Most of our sculpture designs are directly inspired by natural forms - its hard to get away from what's all around you!" says Richard Warner about his work as one half of creative metalwork partnership Iron Vein in rural Mid Wales. www.ironvein.co.uk
He and his partner, Victoria Govan, both graduated with degrees in Visual Performance in 1994 and have been designing and sculpting with steel ever since.
"One of the most rewarding aspects of the job is seeing the finally realized sculpture" says Victoria. "Although I have always enjoyed the design process - there's an intrinsic satisfaction of placing a mark on a page - I get frustrated by only having 2 dimensions, I'm very much a dimensionally realized person - I love sketching in space!"
They started out with basic fabrication skills, and over the years have learned computer aided drafting on the one hand, but also traditional blacksmiths' hot metal manipulation and forming skills as well.
Although he makes light of his creative lineage, Richard certainly does have a knack with steel, and an eye for design - something which he is keenly aware bonds him with Victoria.
When asked about the idea of an Ultimate Work of Art he responds "I think that's a slightly naive pursuit. I remember reading Kandinsky when I was 16, and he said something along the lines that if he created the perfect work of art he would have nothing left within - I think each of us has a fluidity which allows us to cope with life as creative people, and that even if we could realize our concept of perfection it would have changed after we had aged another five minutes or so."
As makers, Iron Vein Creative Metalwork prefer to have a lighthearted philosophy, not taking themselves, or anything else, too seriously.
So what's the most recent development in Iron Vein's practice?
What advice would they give to any fellow creatives wondering whether or not to take the plunge into independent existence?
Iron Vein creative metalwork offer bespoke and off the peg sculpture and furniture for interior and exterior placement www.ironvein.co.uk
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The name Iron Vein was chosen after many hours of thought, trying to come up with a name that refers to
the stratification of the Earth, and the mineral deposits that contain the ore which is smelted
for steel, and is also representative of the strength of arm needed to work the material.
Iron Vein produce unique contemporary interior and exterior metal work, and home and garden art, including:
Steel furniture, steel garden furniture, steel sculpture, steel garden ornaments and various objects d’art.
The furniture includes:
Benches, chairs, stools, chaise longues, swing seats, tables, balcony and bistro sets, spike tables, coffee tables, patio tables and dining tables.
The seating and table tops can be from slate, glass, toughened glass, sandblasted glass, exterior grade hardwood ply, oak or similar hardwood, softwood, or most recently recycled plastics from a number of different materials, which have very different visual finishes whilst remaining UV stable for outdoors. For indoors the list is even greater.
The sculptural forms which are inspired by nature include:
Poppy form, flower pods, cactus groups (cacti), agave of different sizes, palms, bulrushes, onion abstraction, sprouting bulb, wheat, grasses, chives, windswept trees, daisies, alliums, mushrooms and apples.
Their sculpture also includes representations of birds, dragons and dancing figures.
They make pieces which are decorative in the winter when plants have died back and beds and borders are bare, and can also be supportive to your precious, treasured and delicate plants in the summer months, when one day of typically capricious British weather can ruin a display or sadly snap a favourite bloom just before its peak.
If there is anything you have always wanted made for you from steel, or if you are just curious about how much a well crafted, enduring piece of steelwork would cost, contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
In terms of longevity, steel will not crack, warp or rot in the way that wood will. The metal can be left to weather or treated in a number of ways to make it last well into the future.
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