Flora & Fauna

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In my childhood, there was one extremely exciting book that I liked - an illustrated Atlas of Biology. Flipping its glossy pages I looked at the beautifully painted plants, their structure and parts. I examined their seeds, petals and leaves. As a child, I adored the sumptuous complexity of an amazing world of animals. My favourite kingdoms were: the kingdom of plants and the kingdom of animals with their luscious variety of herbs, flowers, insects and other tiny creatures which are rich in colours, textures and equilibrium they perform in their life.

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I liked to "hide" in some virgin rainy forests displayed in the book by amazingly painted watercolour illustrations and "walk" in the mountains among the unique examples of blossoming, ferns and moss.

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I have brought this love to my adulthood, trying to express it by means of embroidery. I adore the works of British School of Botanical Illustration, the artworks by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Pierre-Antoin Poiteau, Jeanne Holgate. I find them the most inspiring.

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Flowers and birds are quite inspiring for embroiderers, they demonstrate the most variety of colours, that you may try to imitate, mastering your embroidering skills. Stitching the wings of a butterfly you can practice a short and long stitch technique and needle painting imitating the amazingly rich palette created by nature.

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