Bobbie Fennick is a stonemason and carver with a background in science and fine arts. Her experience ranges from large restoration projects including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Palaces of Westminster and the Brighton Royal Pavilion to carving, lettercutting and gilding jobs including Kensington Palace, the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial, The Holy Door at the Church of Saint Anselm & Saint Cecilia in Holborn and Kingston Market Hall. She has also undertaken several private commissions and memorials, which she particularly enjoys.
Having obtained a Fine Arts Diploma from the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts in 1983 Bobbie relocated first to Berlin and, in 1989 to the UK. She worked on mural projects many of which she managed in the UK, Bahrain and Qatar. 1997 brought a focus on stone, and she completed her NVQ 3 and City & Guilds Diploma in Advanced Stonemasonry in 2001. Since then she has put her hand to carving and masonry projects of every sort.
After joining St Clement Stonemasonry in 2002 to restore and build an extension to Dinmore Manor in Herefordshire, Bobbie relocated to London to work as a stonemason at the Palaces of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral. Then, in 2004, with a scholarship kindly awarded by the Venice in Peril Fund, she attended the Maestro Course at the Venice European Centre for the Trades and Professions of the Conservation of Architectural Heritage. Upon her return to the UK she formed a stonemasonry company, Scalpellini Ltd with a colleague and completed masonry and carving projects including Brighton Royal Pavilion and Brighton Courthouse. From 2008-10 she served as Stonemasonry Assessor and occasional tutor for the Building Crafts College in Statford, London.
In 2007 Bobbie set up her new practice, Bobbie Fennick Stoneworks. She was approached by stone carver Nina Bilbey in 2008 to assist her in roughing out, and carving the heraldic shield for the Brereton Bear, a 2M high sculpture for Brereton Hall in Cheshire. In 2012 she completed the letter carving for a memorial plaque for Sir David Jack, commissioned by Glaxo Smith Kline. More recently Bobbie assisted Nina with some of the carving for the statues of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for Canterbury Cathedral, which was unveiled in 2015. In the same year, Bobbie consulted on and sensitively re-cut letters for the King’s College WWI Memorial in Wimbledon. In 2016 she carved and gilded the plaque for the Holy Door at St Anselm & St Cecilia in Holborn, and in 2017, carved the unveiling plaque for the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial in the Victoria Embankment Gardens, London.
Bobbie secured a public commission for Hackney Council’s Haggerston West & Kingsland Housing Development in 2012 to design and carve 4 large, naturally riven welsh slate monoliths. The theme of the project is ‘Portals’, relief carvings that reflect local architectural features specifically chosen by residents of the housing project. Working closely with the residents and management team of the housing redevelopment project, she installed the first two monoliths in July 2014 and a third in early 2017, with the final one scheduled for installation in 2017. She also regularly exhibits her work.
Meanwhile she consistently improves and extends her skills, especially in letter cutting and carving. She has recently been awarded a Higher Diploma for Post-Graduate Studies in Architectural Stone Carving at the City & Guilds Art School.
Bobbie now focuses her enthusiasm, aptitude and ideas towards the design and production of commemorative plaques and personalized memorial stones including alternative and natural memorials, as well as larger public and private commissions.
Having recently bought two derelict barns ripe for renovation on 3 beautiful acres in Herefordshire, she and partner Izaak Bergstrom are bringing the buildings back to life with a view to running workshops and courses, set in an accessible yet stunning location. Watch this space!