18″ x 24″ posters (shown above) are available at my Etsy shop.
About the artwork: Birds of Beebe Woods was made for a fiber art exhibit celebrating the town forest in my home town of Falmouth, Massachusetts in 2012. In my piece, I wanted to feature wildlife as well as convey the natural environment of the woods. I chose to portray birds, making them realistic enough to be recognized, but patterned and abstracted in a way that made them fun to stitch. When planning the birds piece, I started with a simple sketch and then got to work on the woodsy border, with its felt-covered wire filigree stage curtains. The crow came next and then the other birds common to our area of New England, making a dozen total. Listed clock-wise, they are female cardinal, nuthatch, black-throated green warbler, male cardinal, wren, downy woodpecker, blue-jay, robin, goldfinch, cedar waxwing, American crow and chickadee.
Since many people have asked if the original is for sale. Not now, as I will be holding onto it for a few years, so that it can be displayed in public and entered in juried exhibitions. The next showing is Feb. 28 – March 29, 2014 ~ Fiber in the Present Tense 2014, an exhibition to showcase the fiber art work of the MA/RI Chapter of the Surface Design Association (SDA) at ArtWorks!, New Bedford MA.
And later, the Birds piece will be included in my show at the Falmouth Historical Society, Falmouth, MA. July 4 – August 16, 2014 ~ Salley Mavor: Expressions in Stitches: Then and Now. Historical needlework from the museum’s collection will be exhibited alongside my contemporary embroidered artwork.
Detail images from Birds of Beebe Woods are printed as note cards, too. They’re available in my Etsy shop.
Before I sewed everything onto the background, my husband, Rob took a photo of the felt covered wire border suspended in front of the woods around our house. Then my sister, Anne used her graphic design skills to disappear the fishing line and make an announcement for the 2012 Intimate Woods exhibit at Highfield Hall in Falmouth.
Archives: To see posts about the making of the piece, go to the archives here.