Quirky Ostrich Bird Wool Applique
Folk Art and a Quirky Ostrich Bird
This quirky ostrich bird is a perfect example of why I love the folk art style of wool applique. Folk art is all about telling a story by taking primitive shapes to form animals, plants, people and any other object you wish to use in telling your story. It is a way to be able to document life and important history that pertains to your personal life without having to study professional art. You can relax and put shapes together without worrying if its the perfect shape.
In history, folk art would be used to decorate an object that would also have a materialistic use because people had to be frugal, but wanted things pretty and personalized. An example of this would be a wedding quilt that possibly would have memories of the couples history together or a parents life being passed down to a child for luck. Clothing would be another example by having folk art type emblems on them.
My Ostrich Story
I use to live near a farm that raised ostriches. They were a joy to watch and oh my gosh, how beautiful their bloom feathers were. When they were in mating season and dancing around showing off their feathers, they were absolutely beautiful.
The eggs from the ostrich are really large, and through history have not only been used for food, and clothing, but have made it into the arts. I have seen gorgeous eggs etched, painted, decorated with fibers and beads, and used as a shadow box effect just to name a few.
The biggest surprise for me was how fast the ostriches were. I have read that they can run up to forty miles an hour. I once saw a documentary that showed places that actually have ostrich races where people are riding them in competition. Seeing how the birds run and then adding a human on their back was really a funny sight to behold.
I never did see an ostrich stick it’s head in the ground though. That would have been a funny site to see, but cartoons show the ostriches sticking their head in the ground for humor, but they don’t actually do that.
I have always thought that they were sassy little birds that were really beautiful, so I wanted to portray them in an applique. This bird is my first attempt at the design, and I think I did a pretty good job with the bird, but I think I will work on emphasizing the feathers a little more on my next attempt.
The ostriches are the largest none flight bird with long legs and long necks. They only have two toes. Their wings are large with gorgeous long bloom feathers, and they have a tail that during mating season showcase these beautiful bloom feathers.
Their head has a quirky shape with large eyes giving rise to make a face a little sassy. They really do have long eyelashes.
I hope that I have shown a little glimpse into how you can showcase things that are in your life story by using wool folk art.