Sunday, November 28, 2010
owl and jay...plus the first sunday of advent
i have put two new creatures into the shop, two birds with very different looks and characters. I've been working on this pygmy owl for quite a while; his wings and complicated plumage took up a lot of time. he is the first of what i hope will be many birds in flight. made of repurposed and new fabrics (mainly wool), he hangs securely from fishing line attached to a sturdy button on his back.
this steller's jay may be my favourite soft sculpture so far. i love his proud plumage of black and blue, and think his mohawk gives him a cocky character, which is rightly befitting of a jay who loves to squawk and scatter smaller birds as it searches for food. his black head is made from a repurposed velveteen (?, the skirt had no label) skirt, and his body is a mix of linen, silk shantung and denim. He rests comfortably on wire legs wrapped in embroidery thread.
these are likely to be the last couple of items into the shop for the next little bit. I have some custom orders to work on, as well as wanting to spend a bit of time on some gift items. it would seem the holiday season is upon us! today is the first sunday of advent, and i have lit the first candle on my advent krans. here's hoping there'll be some holiday light for you too, if you are one who celebrates.
i also got outside a bit this weekend - photos to come in my next post.