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The Bear and the Wren (Original Framed Collage)



The Bear and the Wren (Original Framed Collage)


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FRAMED SIZE: 473 x 583mm / 47.3 x 58.3cm / 18.6 x 23 inches

Frame options: Oak with mount, White with mount, Black with mount, Putty with mount

Date of artwork: April 2022

Location of signature: Bottom Right

Please note: Our framers are recognised by the Fine Art Trade Guild for their quality because the custom frames have tightly pinned corners, and are made from precision cut wood in England, made bespoke for each order. All our frames are glazed with our Clarity+ Perspex. It's cut from the highest quality acrylic sheet that's both crystal clear, but also safe and filters out 99% of UV light to protect the artwork.

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Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest, and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said, "Brother wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?" "That is the King of the birds," said the wolf, "before whom we must bow down." It was, however, in reality the willow-wren. "If that's the case," said the bear, "I should very much like to see his royal palace; come, take me thither." The bear, could not rest until he had seen the royal palace, and when a short time had passed, again went to it. The King and Queen had just flown out, so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying in it. "Is that the royal palace?" cried the bear; "it is a wretched palace, and you are not King's children, you are disreputable children!" When the young wrens heard that, they were frightfully angry, and screamed, "No, that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear, thou wilt have to pay for that!”

The bear and the wolf grew uneasy, and turned back and went into their holes. The young willow-wrens, however, continued to cry and scream, and when their parents again brought food they said, "We will not so much as touch one fly's leg, no, not if we were dying of hunger, until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not; the bear has been here and has insulted us!" Then the old King at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave, and called in, "Old Growler, why hast thou insulted my children? Thou shalt suffer for it we will punish thee by a bloody war." Thus war was announced to the Bear, and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air, not only birds, large and small, but midges, and hornets, bees and flies had to come.

When the fox was stung, he screamed out and put his tail between his legs. When the animals saw that, they thought all was lost, and began to fly, each into his hole and the birds had won the battle.

Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried, "Children, rejoice, eat and drink to your heart's content, we have won the battle!" But the young wrens said, "We will not eat yet, the bear must come to the nest, and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children, before we will do that." Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried, "Growler, thou art to come to the nest to my children, and beg their pardon, or else every rib of thy body shall be broken." So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear, and begged their pardon. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied, and sat down together and ate and drank, and made merry till quite late into the night.


Once upon a time, in a studio located in a town in Germany, an artist who was surrounded by hand made props, painted papers, books and all manner of collected objects, created a series of original collages for The Shop Floor Project inspired by folktales and fables. 

Lisa Sandner is an exciting new addition to The Shop Floor Project’s stable of artists and makers. Born in Frankfurt, Lisa describes herself as a nomad, spending much of her early life living all over the African continent, later exploring London and settling for some time in Paris where she completed a masters in Art History at the Sorbonne. Returning to Munster Germany, Lisa now dedicates her time to her studio working on all manner of projects, including this collection of Paper Parables.

Folktales are fragile and delicate things, emerging from the mists of time from ancient villages, forests and mountains, from every corner of the world. Preserved and passed on by the spoken word, every storyteller adds something of themselves each time the tale is told, through their individual interpretation of the story. 

This fragility is something Lisa Sandner reflects beautifully in her work. Handmade collages in which fragments of paper seem to have been blown in from some distant land, on some ancient wind, landing on a piece of handmade paper to create a story, seemingly ready to blow away again at any moment. 

There is a real sophistication in Lisa Sandner’s work. Instilling character and life into paper figures and creatures that possess a childlike joy, which is often lost when adults stop reading story books, is no easy feat. Her work is joyful, playful and, just like the best folk tales, slightly odd. Her collages are like touch-papers for the imagination to run free.

As an art historian Lisa’s choice of materials reveals her love of things with history and the trace of the maker’s ‘hand’. Because she travelled so much as a child, she has been making artist collage books that were easily transportable since the age of eleven, filling them with collages and found ephemera... A magpie by nature, she is always on the hunt for objects to repurpose, a sensibility she attributes to her time in Africa: “Living in Africa taught me the power of my own hands, and the belief that everyone can be a maker. The idea that if you do not have it you can just make it was omnipresent when I grew up.”

Now living in Germany with all the materials she could want, Lisa continues to limit herself to materials she has in her studio. Called the Kabinett, Lisa’s studio is a cabinet of curiosities, filled with materials specific to her aesthetic, which she describes as a ‘very private place, where the imaginary playful world inside my imagination comes to life’. 

‘The studio has old creaking floors, the smell of dried lavender and big shelves filled with old  papier-mâché masks, flasks of ink, boxes full of paper flowers, antique textiles, materials and other artefacts that have a long tradition and story behind them. It is the magic of stories that lies between the sheets of paper or inside an old jar that I keep in my Kabinett. 

The paper used for the collages are a calming mixture of fragments from found pieces to hand drawn and hand painted pieces. A craft Lisa often utilises is hand-patterned paper, a technique that dates back centuries and was popular in the 17th to 19th centuries for anything from bookbinding to wallpaper. Using much the same technique today, Lisa creates her own stock of interesting materials, inspired by historical patterns for use in her compositions. 

The stories in the collages range from old favourites such as Red Riding Hood to Aesop’s Fables such as the Pigeon and the Ant; a little story about karma in which a pigeon stops an ant from drowning who then returns the favour by biting the pigeon to warn of an approaching huntsman.

Imagining Lisa working away on this collection, below the ancient gabled rooftops of her German town, in her ancient studio is like something from a fairytale itself. Lisa says she prefers silence to music as she works, often opening windows to listen to the birds and the wind outside - perhaps these works really did blow in on an ancient breeze after all.