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Lovebird in the Alpine

Lovebird in the Alpine, 2001

The artist wove this piece with a focus on aesthetics. How to covert the famous Western European 'Millefleur' tapestry idiom into a reflection on our glorious self-seeding alpine meadows of South-Western British Columbia?

Millefleur weavings of the past often contained an exotic animal from foreign lands, such as a lion, ostrich, or rhinoceros, lounging in a distinctly local field of wildflowers. And so, I wove an African lovebird, smaller member of the Parrot family, into the centre of my local meadow. The exotic at home in the local.

Lovebird in the Alpine

20.5" X 21.5"
Hand woven tapestry, silk and wool weft, cotton warp, 2001
Collection of the artist

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