Wanda has a small workshop on a farm near Bath.
She studied Craft and Design at University in 1998. At the time, Wanda was already influenced by Alexander Calder's wire work; she was making steel cogs and cams, wire figures, waterwheels and mobiles.
Wanda visited Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in London after a friend bought her a postcard of a Paul Spooner piece. Her two first automata were made of steel, but in her final year at University, Wanda moved in to the wood workshop.
Wanda keeps the mechanisms quite simple, she doesn't paint or varnish the wood and uses different natural colours of wood instead.
All the wood she uses is either reclaimed or small off cuts. Most of the shaping is done on a tatty (and noisey) mini belt sander with an inch wide belt. She uses a small bandsaw, scroll saw, pillar drill and a dremel.
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