|Close up of fabric owl - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs 2015.|
I am excited by the opportunity to create life from these flat pieces of cloth, working with their weave to mould shapes, fraying their edges to form feathered breasts, creating stiffened tail feathers from something that was limp. That final placing of the eye and a new life is born...The Animal Kingdom is the inspiration behind all my work. I am fascinated by its rituals and language, a world of mystery and secrets on which we can but speculate. My fabric bird sculptures are a celebration of textures, patterns, colours and forms that delight me in nature.
|Abigail Brown with workshop participants' birds|
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop with Abigail at Timeless Textiles, Newcastle ( NSW Australia) and created a simple bird on the first day under Abigail's guidance.
|Green bird - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Basic bird in progress - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs. 2015|
|Early stages of owl in progress - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Sample of feathers, and various fabric feathers - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015.|
|Some close ups - Owl by Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|'Owl in garden' by Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Happy Birthday Owl - Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
|Owl in new home with a previously created owl woman (circa 2009) Wilma Simmons, Empress Wu Designs, 2015|
And as a post script.... many thanks to Anne Kempton from Timeless Textiles who organises fabulous artists like Abigail Brown to visit Newcastle to inspire many like myself to create....
|Anne Kempton, Timeless Textiles with her little owl created in the Abigail Brown workshop, March 2015.|