I did a couple of these pieces about 4 years ago, this one and a landscape, using layers of organza and machine and hand embroidery. They were fairly small and I had the idea of perhaps going back to an old style of work and putting them inside a mount and frame. I had a bit of a play with the landscape one and realised the format just wasn't doing what I wanted and then there they both sat. That's the old part.
By Local, I thought of this little chicken and found that with a bit of trimming it would be just the job. Mounted over hardboard, backed and ready to hang, this is a format that really works.
I'm hoping to go on to work on a lot of little mini-pics, in a variety of techniques, some maybe silk-painted images, some machine embroidered and perhaps some appliqued like this one. There's a big gap between ideas and reality, of course, and I don't know when they'll actually happen, but I'm hoping that mini-pics can be made at a really affordable price - difficult to achieve in hand-made work, particularly textiles.
Mini-pics: tiny textiles treats.