Bridget Baker graduated in Zoology from London University but started making wire animals only after retirement. Made first as presents for friends and children, they are now offered for sale with profits going to various charities. Each figure, made from galvanized wire, is based on photographs and drawings of a particular animal and takes several hours to make. They are then painted with enamel paints. Most popular subjects are farm and domestic animals, particularly people’s individual pets but past animals also include fish, frogs, reptiles, and a wide range of bird and mammals.
The enjoyment of their creation comes from making them as realistic as possible, capturing their characters with the minimum of lines.