By Paula Briggs
You can hear how the Share-a-Bird project came about here. I’ve been watching the rooks in the garden for some time, and reading how all Corvus cache (hide) food and treasures, in A Life With Corvus by Esther Wolfson. I also read how a disused rooks nest was dismantled and found to contain a whole plethora of material, including earthworms, lego and fabric.
Added to that are the many stories of rooks bearing gifts to those who feed them (though I’m still waiting!).
It seemed appropriate to make a sculpture of a bird containing a rich mixture of elements and the One Button jewellery boxes from the Transformation Project were perfect.
An armature for the bird was made from tensile wire.
A mixture of beads was used to infill between the wires. I used thinner more pliable copper wire to tiw each bead in place between the amrature wires.
Adding key elements helped me “see” the character and anatomy of the bird as it developed, which I could work around.
As the weight of the beads grew, I had to reinforce the legs with more wire, bound in place.
I wanted to keep the structure of the bird open – here you can see the underside. I lined the inside with fabric, stuck down with glue gun, which helped to further hold the beads in place.
The finished bird will be sent to a school as part of the AccessArt flock in the Share-a-Bird project. Find out how to join in here.