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An Avian Emissary from the Artist Ann Wood

Written on September 11, 2009

Yesterday a mysterious box arrived from Ann Wood, the marvelous artist and, I am proud to say,  fellow Brooklynite.  Ann fashions small birds from perfectly chosen scraps of old cloth: her creations are so animate that they feel uncannily “alive.”

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Inside the box, in a beautifully packed in a free-form “nest” of shredded paper, I found the jaunty gentleman who perched himself on a stool in my showroom, below.

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I think he’s on-the-go as he is carrying a sleeping mat slung over his shoulder–and his little, hand made tag reads, “Pearl, Camper.”  Check out his tweed outfit and his little acorn cap!

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I think his scarf is made from old, Japanese indigo dyed cotton.

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He’s standing on a Japanese step stool or fumidai next to two balls of Thai hemp, one indigo-dyed, the other, un-dyed.  I think he’ll stay right here for a while.

To see more of Ann’s work, make sure to follow the Ann Wood link on the “…of interest” blog roll that I have listed to the right of this post and click on the the highlighted words at the top of this post to go to Ann’s wonderful blog and website.

If you don’t yet know Ann’s work, you will soon become a fan.  I know I am.

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  1. Comment by Ulla:

    How delightful to have one of Ann’s troopers visit your lovely atelier! I find myself sinking deep into your amazing photos of love-lorn treasures. Tapestries of threads that show the enchantment of time past!
    Ulla

    September 13, 2009 @ 11:25 am

  2. Comment by Velma:

    beautiful (and jaunty) bird, beautiful hemp yarns.

    September 15, 2009 @ 2:58 pm