Natural Pattern Progress

For my Natural Pattern project in textiles I have decided to go with pigeons and explore feathers through colour and collage. Through research and drawings from D’Arcy Thompson and the McManus Museum I was able to get a head start and collect a few drawings of birds which could help me relate to the texture, layout and variation of feathers on birds and the natural pattern they create. I am struggling with colour, I wanted to mask the dirty black colour that overwhelms a pigeons feathers with a more diluted grey. I wanted to focus on the colours of feathers on the neck of a pigeon and how they are compacted and ruffled and create and amazing shine.

I started with some collage of mixed coloured paper, after a few continuous line drawings I felt that by using only block colours without the harsh outline of a black pen I would be able to see what colours are coming through and where they are placed. The variation of size of the feathers vary and on a closer inspection they are very detailed and specifically placed to allow movement.

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2 thoughts on “Natural Pattern Progress

  1. Laura Bruzzese says:

    Hi Amy, lovely research you are doing for your project. Will be great to see how it manifests in textile. When I saw your interest in feathers, pigeons, etc, I thought of a bird textile artist in the UK, Abigail Brown. I absolutely adore her work. If you are not familiar with her, here is her site –
    Perhaps you will find inspiration there too!
    Best, Laura

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