Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Do Fabric Birds Migrate?

Image of Fabric species bird- BLUE TIT
Blue Tit

When I found these tiny birds they took my breath away!  I couldn't (and still can't) believe they're made of fabric by the very talented Abigail Brown.
Image of Fabric species bird- HOUSE SPARROW
House Sparrow

Such beautiful detail is made with both machine and hand embroidery.
Image of Fabric species bird- REDSTART

And the beautiful colours are achieved using new and reused fabric.

Image of Fabric species bird- SONG THRUSH
Song Thrush

She has made many charming birds from across the world but with the British Winter coming I thought it appropriate to feature 'local' birds who'll be trying to keep warm and well fed in the coming months.  (keep your birdtables topped up!)

Image of Fabric bird-PONSENBY OWL
Ponsenby Owl

If you would like to see her more exotic specimens check out her Gallery here.

Image of Fabric species bird- SISKIN

Abigail produces her birds entirely by hand, in her studio in London, England and no two pieces will ever be the same.

Image of Fabric bird in fabric house
Fabric Bird and Fabric House

Even the Bird House is made from new and reused fabric.

Abigail Brown studied a BA Surface Decoration and Printed Textiles degree at DeMontfort University, 2000-2003.

During and since that time she has licensed artworks to greetings card and stationery companies, designed children’s wear and interior graphics, produced pieces for the fashion textile industry, designed and illustrated children’s books and produced her own range of decorative textile art pieces and paper goods, sold through small shops and galleries all over the world. 

I couldn't resist featuring Abigail's work, it's like embroidered applique made in 3D.  And you know how much I love applique!

If you're inspired go to her Website and to buy go to her Shop.

Many thanks for dropping by! :)


gill said...

Hi Emma
I first saw the blue tit on Gina Ferrari's blog(have you discovered her??)
They are so beautiful - I would love to own one

Emma Thomsen said...

Hi Gill, thanks for that, she has a lovely Blog, someone who shares fabric love! How funny she blogged about the birds a week or so ago - spooky! Thanks for dropping by. Emma :)

Danielle said...

Love the owls!

Fat Chick Design said...

Wow! What a cool find, that are so cute.
I like the idea of having birds on my Christmas tree this year

Emma Thomsen said...

Hi Danielle, they are fab aren't they! We also have owls in the UK called Tawney Owls and you hear them at night going Tweet Twoo. We learnt this summer at a 'meet the owls' activity at a holiday camp, that the female owl calls Tweet and the male replies Twoo - how great is that? :)

Emma Thomsen said...

Hi Bonnie, they would look gorgeous on a Christmas Tree! We have arctic owls on our tree, but they don't stay there long as the children love playing with them. They aren't Abigail's, they would be far too precious for our tree! :D