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Saturday, May 14, 2011

bird watching

I have recently enjoyed a spot of bird watching. My new pastime doesn't require a set of binoculars and I don't leave the house.  Instead, I have been admiring online, the incredibly skillful work of soft sculpture artist and bird enthusiast, Abigail Brown. I am fascinated by the very precise likeness of these hand stitched birds to the feathered variety on which they have been modelled!

Viewed on mass (see here), her menagerie of exotic and garden variety birds is reminiscent of the Victorian past time of collecting and displaying natural curiosities in cabinets and under glass bell jars.  Such bird collections obviously required extensive field trips and a perilous end for the bird!

I am very pleased to say that these delightful little birds are carefully hand constructed from salvaged fabrics and threads by Abigail Brown, a London based textiles graduate who stitches each bird as a one off.  Her work has been featured in magazines such as vogue and elle decoration and her birds are sold in Liberty in London and Bensimon in Paris.  She also has an etsy and big cartel shop but caution, they are an investment piece.

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