Tissue paper with machine stitching. Pigments. Shellac Varnish. Gold Leaf Embroidery has a rich history. Here, I have transformed tissue paper with machine embroidery and quality pigments. They are very fragile until they have received a coat of shellac varnish leaving the surface ready for gilding with Gold Leaf. The feathers are hand stitched onto a backing paper of heavy watercolour paper.
A series of work centred around the Bewick Swan was made at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and in the Studio. Running parallel to this study, was an investigation into the gold work of the Romans, as the area where I live is rich in Roman artefacts and relics. The treasure I was unearthing, discovering and enjoying, afforded me security, history, time and peace. It is intended that these attributes are shared, and pass to the viewer.
Box framed, lime washed.