I've always been fascinated with the Swifts at Chapman School. When they make their fluid descent into the Chimney it is one awe inspiring visual. There is always a hawk or two trying to snake one of tiny swifts. Here is my sew out of that scene. I loved making it and although sewing out all the bricks and the birds took a long time, it was one of the more fun images I've made.
It is the first time I've sewn on canvas that's been gessoed and I wasn't sure how it would work out but it was great to sew on although it did produce more lint.
I also drew the image out on the computer first which made the process of sewing it out much easier as I knew where I was going.
I waited to paint this one until after I had sewn the image out. I am not sure how this will work out as the canvas has gesso on it, meaning my paint will have to be thicker. I will post the result once I finish it. You can also check out the final result at the Portland street fairs this weekend.
This design will be available on shirts at the St John's Bizarre on Saturday and at the Kenton Street Fair on Sunday. If you bring your own shirt, jacket or skirt I will press it on your garment for $10. Come find me!
Update. So, definitely paint BEFORE sewing. This was a huge mess and really hard to do a good painting while trying to avoid the thread. The paint had to be a little thicker and it tended to hide the black thread. I did my best. I thought it pretty much ruined the heart of Swifts.
Here's the outcome.