Poland-based artist Paulina Bartnik—better known as Embirdery—makes it easy for animal lovers to hold their favorite bird in their hand. She creates exquisite embroidered portraits of feathered creatures in the form of wearable brooches.
Each of these carefully rendered creations is made with numerous layers of different-colored thread in combinations of short and long stitches. This technique is known as “thread painting,” and it allows the artist to achieve visual depth comparable to painting with acrylic and oil. Not only that, but Bartnik is also able to accomplish the luminescence of actual feathers with this approach, stitching textures that are smooth to the touch.
A lover of all birds, Bartnik's subjects range from long-beaked ravens to charming doves and many more. She spends hours completing each brooch until it captures the likeness of its inspiration. Additionally, Bartnik includes a charming lacey collar at the end of each bird bust, enhancing the formality of the artwork.