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November 29, 2009 Artist Responses No Comments
Embroidered Bugs

Bugs from Mary Gregs Nature Diaries embroidered onto material.

One aspect of this project that I hadn’t foreseen was how it has encouraged me into other areas of work. After going to see Mary Greg’s nature diaries in the Graves Museum, Sheffield, I have started a “train” project (I have a 50 minute train journey to Manchester and back). Mary had painted a series of insects and animals (awaiting permission to add photos from her actual book). I thought it would be a tribute to her to try and sew her drawings…not being a great embroiderer it is proving harder than I thought. It will be an ongoing project , not sure what I will do with them yet either.

When I looked at Mary’s Nature Diary I was very taken by her interest in animals and plants, she had included a rubbing from a fence post of the tracks in the wood left by a wood beetle, she had a fascination with the small and everyday things and a real pleasure in recording them.


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