My latest project is a Purple Glossy Starling inspired by seeing one at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. I love the way the tail is so long and seems to flow behind the bird like a ribbon as it flies. They certainly are very exotic looking and their feathers change colour as they catch the […]
I started this artwork a while ago and came across it the other day. I felt it was lacking something so I added the little yellow finch – I guess you could call it a yellowhammer. I cut out a bird shape from hand-painted silk and bonded it on and stitched a bit of texture […]
Until very recently oriental poppies were flowering in my mother’s garden – in November! That seems a little crazy but I’m glad because I find them so inspiring, I can’t help but enjoy looking at them. I feel like I’ve come to the end of this particular poppy piece; “Large Poppies” and it is now […]
My love of poppies was rekindled yet again (!) by the late appearance of clumps of sumptuous oriental ones in my mother’s garden. They were surrounded by Michaelmas daisies and the glowing red and purple hues made for a heady colour combination in an otherwise drab October garden. How delicious! This started out as a […]
This embroidery is called “Purple Nevsky Bird” after some drawings I did in the Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria many years ago. I’ve tried to capture the elaborate wooden gilded carvings that decorated the cathedral interior. It’s purple silk dupion with gold machine stitching, gold lame and purple silk applique and lots of sequins.