I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance. (E.E. Cummings)
I seem to have developed a previously unrecognised fascination for birds… Truly. Last month I featured a post on the paper bird magic of Diana Beltran Herrera. Today I bring you the fabulously fanciful world of Abigail Brown, a textile artist who creates amazing birds by hand out of new and reused materials.
Abigail studied a BA in Surface Decoration and Printed Textiles, graduating in 2003. During and since that time she has worked as a designer and illustrator of children’s books, children’s wear, stationery, and greeting cards, and produced work for the advertising industry – all whilst continually exploring ideas in fabrics for herself.
She has enjoyed coverage in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Elle Decoration and Selvedge, and has sold her work through many beautiful stores (including my favourite, Liberty).
Abigail’s studio is in London and she has the most comprehensive menagerie of fabric bird-life…
The sparrow that is twittering on the edge of my balcony is calling up to me this moment a world of memories that reach over half my lifetime, and a world of hope that stretches farther than any flight of sparrows. (Donald G. Mitchell)
I’m a fan of sparrows. They’re everywhere in New Zealand and are such unassuming wee birds. When you come to Australia, one of the first things you notice is the incredibly noisy bird life – the cockatoos and the galahs wake you up in the morning with their chattering. For some reason, there don’t seem to be any sparrows, though. I miss them.
All Abigail Browns birds are made to order and can take anything from 1 – 6 weeks to complete. Each piece is unique and may vary slightly from the image she provides on her site.
If you’d like to learn more, you can access Abigail’s site here. There are many more wonderful birds to see.