New Projects and Birds!

I have been so very busy with my new job that it leaves only a small amount of time for artwork and often even leaves me to tired or worn out to even make anything.

But! There have been a few projects that have inspired me to work a lot harder and get some stuff made. A collaboration between the campus gallery and the campus natural history museum encouraged me to go see some bird and egg specimens, these specimens have sparked a whole whirlwind of ideas and have me trying all sorts of different things.

As you may know from my previous posts, I absolutely love birds. I had been drawing a lot of them recently, and still am, but after my trip to the natural history museum on campus I started thinking that I needed to go above and beyond those.

Below are some projects I started as well as some of the specimens that inspired me.

(I apologize for the poor image quality!)

In process: bird feather with an embroidered pattern, I am hoping to do a lot of these as I think they are wonderfully beautiful. I have been taking a lot of inspiration from the feather patterns I saw on the bird specimens.
Hand dyed wool. I hope to felt this into egg shapes around small, important objects. I haven’t felted anything in a long time so we will see how it goes!
Eggs from the Richter Museum of Natural History. I love the combo of the red brown with the white and small flecks of gray.
More eggs from the Richter Museum of Natural History. I absolutely love the coloring of the dark brown as well as the patterning of the spots, the swirling and smudging really inspires me.
The very subtle pattern on these duck feathers honestly took my breath away (yes, I am a huge bird geek) I am hoping to imitate some of this in future feather embroideries!
Feathers that look almost like leaves! I love the way the white barbs overlap the brown, absolutely lovely.
I am also trying something that I have been half-heartedly attempting for a long time; embroidering eggs. The egg has been broken open, cleaned, hand dyed, embroidered (I say with nonchalance like I didn’t cry about it) and then the halves are glued back together. 

 

Because of how eggs are structured, the french knots are actually in a way holding the egg together, which I find really interesting. Overall, they are fun little egg sculptures and I actually really enjoy making them (as frustrating as they can be!).

Anyway! I am so excited to continue on my weird, bird-inspired, adventure and I hope it keeps going as well as it has been!

 

Continued Progress

I have continued work on the various drawing series that I previously posted and I have been enjoying them immensely. Even though I have never thought of myself as a drawer, this has become the media in which I have been working most. I am still learning a little bit in this media, but the process has been something that I love.

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Supposed to be skinny, Pen drawing, 2018
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So fucking sad, Pen drawing, 2018
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It is what it is, Pen drawing, 2018
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A monster, Pen drawing, 2018
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House Sparrow, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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Mourning Dove, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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Great Blue Heron, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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Oriole, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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Goldfinch, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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Chickadee, Pen and Watercolor pastels, 2018
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I believed you, Pen drawing, 2018
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So I stayed, Pen drawing, 2018
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It wasn’t, Pen drawing, 2018
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You never wanted me, Pen drawing, 2018

 

BadBrainPress

My best friend and soul mate is an extremely talented printmaker based in Texas, and when she sent me a literal box of her artwork I couldn’t have been more excited to share them. This particular series, titled “Imprints,” is my favorite of what she sent me. These specific pieces were created through a technique called blind embossing (embossing creates a raised texture through pressure instead of ink).

 

Though this process is specifically supposed to get a raised texture, I am so totally in love with the indents on the opposite sides. Delicate and sad, they are a memory of the plant that was used to create each piece. They are what remains, both in shape and with the actual leavings from each plant. I love that you can feel where each plant was, feel its shape, feel how prickly or hard it was even though the paper its self is soft.

BadBrainPress makes a huge variety of artwork, beautiful, funny, bold, sassy.

Check her out at:

https://www.instagram.com/badbrainpress/?hl=en

and

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BadBrainPress

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“Imprints” Blind embossing on handmade cotton paper using native Texan plant
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“Imprints” Blind embossing on handmade cotton paper using native Texan plant
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“Imprints” Blind embossing on handmade cotton paper using native Texan plant
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“Imprints” Blind embossing on handmade cotton paper using native Texan plant
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“Imprints” Blind embossing on handmade cotton paper using native Texan plant
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“Imprints” Blind embossing on handmade cotton paper using native Texan plant