Textile Taxidermy – Donya Coward

19 Nov

Nottingham based textile artist Donya Coward’s creations bring a little whimsy and sparkle with them.  With projects for UK anthropology, Fenton & Fenton and Paul Smith to name but a few, it is no wonder that designers have coined her work as “textile taxidermy at it’s very best” (Abigail Ahern).

All of Donya’s artworks are made using Victorian, Antique, Vintage Nottingham and French laces, embroideries, embellishments, fabrics and haberdashery. There is an emphasis on ensuring that the work preserves and showcases the materials used, as much as the animal forms that are being created.  Even the materials used are kept untouched to keep the stories from the rusty pin which once held it together, or the repairs and marks that have happened through it’s journey.

 All works are hand embroidered by Donya on a commission basis, creating one off bespoke pieces. I love the detail of these pieces, and I am falling for the cute little bull dog on the William Morris backed frame….. Let me know what you think…

Meanwhile on with the colourful journey…….


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10 responses to “Textile Taxidermy – Donya Coward

  1. Hidden Passions

    November 19, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Curiosity – how do you get in touch with these people and invest time every week to explore in depth?

    • birdcagedesign

      November 19, 2012 at 6:45 am

      I do a lot of research for my own design consultancy, I started the blog as a way of filing everything I found. Plus I am just really nosey! 🙂

      • Hidden Passions

        November 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        🙂 That’s good. Keep doing what you are doing..great work!

  2. This Sydney Life

    November 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I’ll fight you for the bulldog, BCD (and I fight dirty, girl!)

  3. livingsimplyfree

    November 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the title of this post, but these are lovely!

    • birdcagedesign

      November 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      They are really beautiful aren’t they, very talented.

  4. marsellaj

    November 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Sequins?? The ultimate Zebra and I adore the eyelashes. Wonderful stuff.

    • birdcagedesign

      November 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      They are great… is the Zebra your favourite? 🙂


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