Machine embroidery, drawn lines and marks in these Paper Textiles refer directly to drawings made in sketchbooks using pencils, charcoal and ink pens. Capturing the spirit, freedom and movement of birds in flight, as they soar and flock together in the elements, over both sea and land.
Drawings and research explore the migratory journeys of the beautiful Bewick Swans as they return each year from Northern Russia to the UK.
Whilst drawing the swans, their feathers have beguiled me. Daring to replicate single feathers with Machine Embroidery on Paper, they are elevated to articles of beauty, with colours reminiscent of Italian medieval paintings, or Roman Artifacts and Relics. They are painted and gilded with gold leaf. Framed in large box frames they have the same mystery as those large cabinets and drawers we find in the dark corners of our favourite museums, like the Pitt Rivers and the British Museum.