Monday, October 7, 2019

3 Billion Birds. 28" x 39"

Just playing around I pieced the houses and trees, but when I assembled them into a quilt, it looked kind of empty.  Then this:

 “Multiple, independent lines of evidence show a massive reduction in the abundance of birds,” ornithologist and lead author, Ken Rosenberg, a senior scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Bird Conservancy, said in a press release.

They report that compared to only 50 years ago, there are 3 billion fewer birds.  Mostly due to human-caused impacts.  

So I embroidered the outlines of some birds, purposely making them hard to see, and the words, "Three billion fewer birds!  Is anyone home?"  Now the emptiness has a message.


  1. Great colors, piecing, embroidery and quilting. What an innovative and thoughtful way to convey this sad information.

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