Michele J Designs
Soft Sculptured Art Bird (Cardinal)
Enjoy the company of a cardinal without the worry it will fly away with this soft sculptured painted art bird. Made by starting out with a wire frame and using repurposed fabric, layers are created using a needle and thread to "sculpt" the figure to the desired shape. Then, the "feathers" are sewn on using repurposed wool felt, and details are added using a technique called "thread painting." A repurposed candlestick and florals are used for the base as well as glass beads, which are also used for the eyes. The cardinal is hand embroidered and completely made by hand; no machine is used. This bird took approximately 35 to 40 hours to create. This keepsake can be handed down and bring delight to young and old.
Soft sculptured using repurposed wool felt and fabric; details added by "thread painting" technique; repurposed candlestick, florals and glass beads for base; glass bead eyes; hand embroidered; made completely by hand (no machine used); creation time approximately 35 to 40 hours.
Michele Bango began creating clothes for her Kewpie dolls starting at about 9 years old with her Grandma on a treadle sewing machine. Although she learned on a machine, many of her works that she creates today are all stitched by hand. The techniques and designs that she uses are her own in which she creates works of art starting with a blank piece of fabric. She has been a "Teddy Bear Artist" for almost 35 years, creating artisan teddy bears, animal art dolls and birds out of both new and repurposed materials.
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