About a year ago, I read about some Brazilian birds. Regular birds. Birds hanging out on telephone wires, as birds will do. A composer, Jarbas Agnelli, saw the photo in a newspaper and decided to see what tune the birds made. I like that- have you ever looked up at a similar sight and wondered the same?
Agnelli sent the tune to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who gave him the uncropped photo to work with and helped the tune go viral.
I like this song, and I can’t get it out of my head even a year later. (Not that I want to!) Sometimes it makes me smile, sometimes I feel unaccountably sad while listening. Mostly I love the fact that this recording captures a fleeting speck of someone’s day and renders it into an enchanting sound. It’s easy to overlook secret, small and lovely things, like birds arranged to make a tune.
I wanted to paint a version of this photo, but that felt like “copying.” For a while, I toyed with the idea of an art quilt, but once I completed the drawings and some of the templates, I decided against it. Months later, I was playing with Seamless Studio and decided to make some Birds on the Wires fabric through Spoonflower.
Seamless Studio has its limitations, so I didn’t replicate all of the birds- just 13 of them. I built them from circles, triangles, and even forks to make their little legs. As much as possible, my birds resemble the ones from the photograph.
Once I started with the birds, I played with a few other black and white designs. (Fish Kiss dress coming soon!) I have a few ideas in the works for a “dressmaker’s range” of fabrics. Quality quilting fabrics are designed in easy-to-mix ranges; I want to make ranges for dressmakers. For now, I’m just playing with blacks and whites but I have some designs in the works for cool and warm skin tones, to help take some of the guesswork out of wardrobe sewing.
Do you use Spoonflower fabrics? Have you heard the Birds on the Wires music before? What do you think of “coloring” coded fabric ranges for clothes? What do you look for in a patterned fabric?
(Many apologies for the slow-down on pattern uploading. Thank you so much for your kind words and support for this project, it means a LOT to me! I suppose Christmas time was a bad time for me to choose to focus more strongly on my blog, silly me! But the shopping is done now, and the pretty Christmas cookies, so I can “catch up” tomorrow!)