I was born in Solihull in 1953 and have had a great passion for art for as long as I remember. In my younger days, I worked as an apprentice making frames for racing motorcycles. Then, I had a family and we moved to Wales after my daughter left for university. It was here where Jankowski Weathervanes was born; the local landscape and wildlife providing ample inspiration for some memorable pieces. I have been designing bespoke metalwork pieces for individuals, businesses and as public building centerpieces for many years. I have also worked on a number of school and community art projects, deriving great pleasure from the joy that pieces of art can bring to community spaces. During this time, I have worked on three continents with displays at The Welsh Assembly, The Royal Welsh Show and on a range of TV and cinema programmes.
Copper and brass wind sculptures are an age-old tradition, and I believe in carrying the mantle by using traditional techniques and materials to create bespoke pieces that have a very strong nod to history. I use free-form and respoussoir techniques to create my clients’ sculptures. Firstly, I sketch each piece before transferring this to the working metal. Then, I cut out two identical shapes and hammer each half to build up the shape and detail, removing or adding elements to further develop the overall sculpture shape until the final product is ready to enjoy.
The key part of this process is forming a close working relationship with my clients. It can be a challenging process to exactly match their visions, but it is never a dull one, and always exceptionally rewarding for both parties. I can offer as much or as little input as required on the design stage, and I get great pleasure from watching the reactions on my clients’ faces as the project starts to take shape at every stage. It is this part of the process that gives me the greatest motivation.