Yvette Brown is a teller of tall tales in tiny spaces. A lover of birds, beaches, books and tea, she was the child watching birds out of classroom windows or reading novels under her desk. Currently living between Pembrokeshire and her own imaginary world, Yvette is never far from a bird, a beach, a book or a kettle.
Yvette is drawn to working with forgotten, overlooked or unfashionable techniques and materials, such as hand-casting pewter, cutting up old books destined for landfill, and trying to give a bit of dignity back to poor old driftwood (although she has so far stopped short of taking up macramé).
Pewter is an often underrated metal. It no longer contains leadbut will still melt at a low enough temperature to be cast in moulds made of wood. Yvette uses particularly high-tech equipment for casting – a camping stove and a soup ladle – and if you look closely at one of herfinished pieces you will see the imprint of the grain of the wood used in the moulds. This process means that each piece has a delicate frosting caused by… temperature? Temperament? Temper? It remains a mystery.
Yvette’s figures on driftwood are inspired by dog walks on her local beach. She says: “If you watch carefully you can see the stillness that falls on the souls of dogs and walkers in a fading evening light. This moves even the gentle hearts of sea gulls, regularly tossed as they are by salt winds and sea fury. What we often miss is that gulls are poetical creatures of dreaminess and romance. Except when there are chips.”