Nature Brooches wool applique´and embroidery

Continuing with the work of transforming images from my contemplative photography and art making for my dissertation into embroidery, wool applique, and punch needle designs, I created these three sweet brooch pins. 

The little birdy and the orange blossom were inspired by an ink drawing/painting I did after a contemplative nature walk - my usual walk on the Florida State University campus from the parking garage to my department's building.  As I walked across campus I saw sweet little sparrows flitting around in the grass and as I passed the citrus grove I observed that many of the trees had their first blossoms.

little sparrows flitting
orange blossoms hinting
of Spring

political interruption
based on assumption
made hazy my compunction

ink and water
mingled together

restored harmony

As I worked on these brooches, I thought of how creating needlework designs based on my experiences in the doctoral program and through my contemplative artistic practice research was a natural extension of that work.  Handwork and embroidery is a relaxing and peaceful activity that allows the mind to enter a state of contemplation and for my whole being to be at peace.  

These designs are available as digital PDF patterns in my Etsy shop:

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