Frances Pinnock

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Welding Cultures
SoShiro Gallery, London
2nd June - 30th July 2021

Design Centre London
22nd June - 29th June 2021

© Frances Pinnock 2021


Frances Pinnock (b. 1990, Bristol UK)

BA Modelmaking, Arts University Bournemouth, 2014

Frances is a London based artist and maker, working in English Oak bark tanned leather.

Referencing trees and the human figure, her minimalist forms explore the effects of time and environment on Oak bark leather. Her sculptural pieces evolve through drawing and pattern cutting, using hand made inks to document panel shapes and influence future forms.

Frances applies slow and respectful hand processing, meticulously hand stitching each piece with hand made threads of hemp and beeswax.

Frances works primarily with full thickness sole bend leather, produced by the last remaining traditional oak bark tanners in the UK. J & F J Bakers utilise bovine skins as a byproduct of local farming and natural tanning methods, at the site of an original Roman tannery. As the sap rises in spring, oak bark is gathered from coppiced woodland in the Lake District and each skin is left to mature for fourteen months to produce the highest quality leather.

Upcoming Events

2nd June - 30th July 2021    Welding Cultures - SoShiro Gallery - London
22nd - 29th June 2021    Artefact - QEST - Design Centre London

Past Events

2021    Crafting and the Leathersellers’ - MA Architecture Leacture, Arts University Bournemouth
2020    Tour Series London Craft Week - Cockpit Arts, London
2019    Making it in London - Cockpit Arts Open Studios, London
2019    Messums - Wiltshire
2019    Christmas Open Studios - Cockpit Arts Open Studios, London


2021    Developing your Creative Practice - Arts Council England
2021    London Creative Network - Cockpit Arts
2020    Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ Award - Cockpit Arts
2019    Jill Humphreys Springboard Prize - Cockpit Arts
2019    Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ Award - Cockpit Arts
2017    Heritage Craft Association Scholarship - HCA/ The Arts Society
2017    QEST Scholarship - Garfield Weston Foundation


October 2020    QEST Magazine - A Helping Hand - Corinne Julius