Somerset is a beautiful county to live in, we are surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife. Capturing this beauty in photographs is certainly not a skill I possess, I do not have the patience, eye or equipment. Thanks to social media I came across a wonderful nature photographer based in Somerset called Carl Bovis. Carl has been kind enough to let me use his photographs as inspiration for my textile work.
I really recommend taking a look at his ever changing and inspiring blog which you can read here carlbovisnaturephotography.blogspot.co.uk
This is the first of at least two of his photographs I hope to base pieces on for Somerset Art Weeks Festival in October this year at North Wootton Village hall.
I love this photograph, the seed head and position of the bird make a perfect composition.
Long-tailed Tits are such characters, they follow us along hedge rows, busily chatting in a large group always slightly ahead of us walking.
Below you can see the quick watercolour I made to get a feel for the colours I would need to search for in fabrics and threads.
The initial selection of possible fabrics for bird and background.
The bird pieced and ready for stitching. In the end I used just 6 fabrics . The long tailed tit is a really fluffy little chap so I imagined at this stage that he would be fairly heavily stitched.
I selected the very busy background to mimic the green background of the original photograph and to enhance the appearance of numerous seed heads along a hedgerow.
Below, the piecing stage is complete and ready for stitching.
A selection of possible threads.
Below, starting to add texture and depth to the bird.
As you can see, this is very much a work in progress. October and the Somerset Arts Week is seeming rather near now. But finally I am feeling focused and have a number of pieces on the go. The trouble with this is remembering to return and finish pieces (my least favourite part!) when the excitement of researching a new bird calls!!!
Oh to be a completer-finisher!
I hope to show this at its next stage soon….