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Artist inspiration behind the Audubon Collection

3rd August 2015

Our Audubon Collection speaks of tropical summer nights and celebrates fantastical exotic birds and their habitat.

One of the main inspirations for the collection was the work of botanical artist John James Audubon. Known for his detailed studies and illustrations depicting American birds in their natural habitat, Audubon was an ornithologist and artist, creating a large body of work building upon his extensive observations.

He captured many types of birds including Owls, Herons and Woodpeckers, including their habitat with nest and egg studies, focusing on the birds' natural movement and poses. His paintings began using watercolour, then were reworked with pastels or coloured chalks to portray the softness and vibrant colours of feathers.

  

 

 

We love the detail in the illustrations and seeing such a beautiful variety of these delicate creatures. If you're in the Philadelphia area of the US towards the end of October, be sure to head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their upcoming 'Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life' exhibition.

In the meantime, check out more sketches here and our scarf collections featuring creatures of the sky here.

 

 

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