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John Binet-Fauvel makes amazing and beautiful wire sculptures and jewellery, including many sea creatures, created by unique methods to feel uncannily life-like and weighty, moving in your hand with the weight of their heavy articulated bodies.

John knits them from a variety of industrial wires rescued by him from scrapped machines. Artists Harbour is currently showing a crayfish, lobster and langoustine, all different colours, all made from different wires saved from different machines.

For instance, his superb red crayfish was created on a knitting frame using red copper wire from a transformer. The wire is not further coloured – that’s what it looked like when it is was unravelled from the transformer. An angler fish he made was also constructed on a knitting frame, this time from plastic coated wire from a slot machine plus copper-coloured wire from a transformer. And to make a large jelly fish John took wires from electrical motors, revealing various shades of copper, green and red, then knitted them on a domestic knitting machine used simply as a frame on which he latched each needle back by hand.

John needed five scrapped washing machines to make eight one-metre long tentacles for an octopus, not to mention plastic-coated wire for its head. And his endangered species turtle took a long time to make because he ran out of recycled white plastic-coated wire and had to wait until more turned up.

John says: "The wire I use comes from inside slot machines, electric motors, transformers and any other sources I can find. It is knitted on knitting frames using a variety of hand techniques. The work is influenced by cultures from history (old and new world) and nature, both from land and sea. These influences are used to make the bags, headgear, body pieces and creatures themselves. The wire gives the creations structure but is also flexible, which allows the creatures to articulate. Not wishing just to copy nature, I try to capture its essence."