On Friday, I received the most wonderful present in the mail from the very talented artist and fellow stitcher Arlee Barr. This little guy is made from her gorgeous eco-dyed fabric, and embellished with embroidery in thread that also looks hand dyed.
At first glance I thought he was a deer, because of the antlers, but he has a broad bullish chest and stance.
And a kicky back leg. He looks both very earthy and at the same time otherworldly.
He's just a fabulous l'il critter. I've assigned him to supervision duties at the embroidery frame - so far he's been the perfect muse!
The red-winged blackbird is coming along. I found a deep madder-red silk thread for the heart, but I have vowed to finish the other birds before I complete the heart. There's nothing like the promise of colour at the end of the tunnel to keep me going.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.