I have absolutely loved researching this piece and trying new techniques such as simple fabric dying, beading, fabric painting and metal leaf.
I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with the background and how it could tell the story of this fated birds migratory route, which has led to its almost certain extinction.
The final piece, incorporates a rock made up of small maps of the key areas listed in Horatio’s book. Initially I had planned to make each area an individual stone but this looked cluttered. The balance of telling the story and still creating an attractive piece of art was an interesting test.
I have started to use the information and research I have gathered on this bird into another couple of pieces, I look forward to writing about these another day.
I absolutely love what I do, learning about these birds, the threats they face and their possible/probable extinction. I do however find it incredibly sad that I will never run out of birds in this category and wonder what the future holds for nature in a man-made world.
As Horatio Clare says ‘ A world in which only the robust survive is a dulled and blunted planet; all crows, and no colour’