Badger is the second work of textile art in my Wildlife Portraits series
- This piece of textile art is created by layering up many small pieces of fabric to create interesting effects and textures. These are stuck in place and then sewed over using my sewing machine. I use a technique called free motion stitching where I draw with the threads, and in this case, as I draw with threads over the little pieces of fabric the edges ruffle and become frayed creating beautiful textures and effects. I use the fabrics as you would use paint, each little piece is like a brushstroke, another piece of the whole work. All the fabrics I use are offcuts and unwanted bits and pieces that are too small for other creative people to use, so they donate them to me!
- There will be a total of eight works of art in this series. I am delighted to be collaborating with two very talented wildlife photographers for the project. @irelands_wildlife_photographer (irelandswildlifephotographer.wordpress.com), and @bennicholson_photography (bennicholson96.wixsite.com). We are all passionate about our native wildlife and aim to bring awareness of their tenuous situation in our wild areas to people, aswell as something of their beauty. Badger is inspired by a photograph from Ben Nicholson. Using such beautiful images has given me the chance to really connect with the animal that I am creating, and bring it to life through fabric and stitch.