What have I been up to? Working with the idea of treasured small things. I like miniature painted portraits and the use of similar methods of small portraiture used as ornament and adornment in history, the joys of the V&A. Imagine a time when the only image you had of a treasured someone was a painted likeness, painted so small you could carry it with you... imagining such things is beyond my little brain, I take so many things for granted. The level of detail on small scale things fascinate me I can get quite geeky about it especially if it has been tiny hand crafted, painted, carved anything really and the V&A is my favourite place to find all manner of inspiration.
here where they also explain the idea of cherishing the miniature in better words than I.
Working with these thoughts in mind I've been scaling down a couple of Birdseekers, Blue Tit & young Great Spotted Woodpecker into wearable portraits, leather backed with sterling silver findings. They weren't the best at sitting still for their bird-portraits they kept chatting!