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Birds in Art, Design and Embroidery

June 18, 2018

Birds appear in all types of artwork and have done since Palaeolithic cave paintings were done. Birds have been chosen for symbols of myths and legends. We only have to think of the Rising Phoenix.  In some religions birds are a substitute for the human soul. Even today birds are chosen for subjects with their elaborate feathering, graceful sweep of wing or comedic form. Embroiderers can show with  the direction of a line or contrast of line direction a complex patterning of feathers.   Look closely at the bird photos done mostly by our students and also from historic collections how birds are approached in art and design and in stitch.  Thank you to  students whose artwork I have shown.  This is not a comprehensive collection.  There are many more birds in our student bird  library but unfortunately the photos are still on my computer rather than in my Word Press Library. In the future I shall pull a few more into this collection so you can see  other magnificent birds.   Gail Harker


4 Comments leave one →
  1. ChrisO permalink
    June 18, 2018 1:25 pm

    Thank you, Gail, a delightful selection of examples.

    Penny, those detail shots of the Japanese embroidery in Lisbon are exquisite. Such seemingly impossible complexity of stitches. I know from my training what’s involved in twisting each thread to a custom thickness & amount of twist before stitching with it. Most of all, the amount of work stitching that background, then the long diagonal couching to make it look solid… i wonder how many embroiderers were involved?

    Chris Okawara


    • Penny Peters permalink
      June 18, 2018 5:12 pm

      What a great flock you have put together!No idea how many hours or embroiders, but the piece was huge and stunning.

  2. Ann Darling permalink
    June 18, 2018 3:57 pm

    Ah Gail … what a way to begin my day! No horrors of news but the creativity of people now, and over time, to delight my eyes and expand my world. Thank you for the work you do and thank you for the time it takes to put together this feast for the eyes and heart.

  3. June 18, 2018 11:39 pm

    What a wonderful collection of birds. It’s great to see them all together to see the different techniques and designs.

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