Wire textile art: bumble bee


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Look, I love bumble bees and not just because their fat little bodies defy gravity. They’re a joy to watch and they signify weather that is good enough for sitting outside. So when I started working with wire a bee was at the top of my list. After researching the body shape and placement of the legs and wings, I used a range of textiles, each stripe looking and feeling different to the others, all of them being variously embellished with lace, trims, ric rac, organza and faux fur. I added further texture with high-sheen silk threads and machine embroidery. The wings are made by suspending vinyl in wire and machine embroidering the pattern of the wings, a tricky process because the vinyl shows off every flaw! Finally the legs were created by twisting the wire and bending them into the particular bumble bee shape. The bee was topped off with black sequins for eyes and a loop for hanging.

Measurements: 27 x 19 cms (approx.)

NB This is NOT a toy


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