It’s no secret I love illustrating birds. Magpies are such musical and mystical creatures who really do sing for their supper, and cockatoos really do have the most cheeky personalities of all the birds in my garden. They visit me daily and I have a sweet spot for both of them.
The cockatoo in my print was quite a character who very boldly and unexpectedly made his way into my collection. I was at my son's school waiting outside the art room to start prepping for the day's lessons (parent helper in art class). And there he was – sitting on the roof at first, and then he flew right down in front of me to start pecking at tasty bread scraps the children had left from recess. It was providence, and I quickly grabbed my phone and took photos of him from all angles, as I knew he was going to be perfect in my collection. He was very funny and cheeky and I hope I have captured his charming spirit in my prints.
This collection also features vibrant Australian flowers; purple and yellow nodding lily flowers, blue china orchids and red Lechenaultia. I made sure to include softer shades of mushroom which make it a very versatile collection, for more subtle prints for home decor and baby and children’s products.
The Quilt below is a stunning little sampler quilt made by Tirzah at Kennard and Kennard for Australian Quilt Market just passed. Gosh I had fun launching the Taking Flight fabrics at the show, and the support was so overwhelmingly wonderful from the fabric and quilting industry. I felt honoured and very spesh!
Update: The majestic Australian Kingfisher joins the fabric collection! Can you spot the various kingfishers in the print? I have illustrated the buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, the Forest Kingfisher, the Collared Kingfisher and the Azure Kingfisher.
I must give a credit to the divine late Lilian Medland for being my photographic inspiration and botanical reference for the Forest Kingfishers in my print. She was an illustrator and painter born in England in 1880 and died in 1955. In this case I was unable to get my own reference photos for this kingfisher, so I turned Lilans work as a reference. I just love her painting of the Forest Kingfisher.
She lived many of her years in Sydney and studied our bird life. Thankfully more than 1000 of her bird illustrations sit safely in the National Library of Australia.
I do not know of any other kingfisher fabric available to I am excited to add this bird to the collection.
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