Came across this a little while ago and I thought it was so charming....
A miners canary in a tiny coffin,here's the story to go with it.
19th century coal miners would traditionally take canaries in cages down into the mine with them. The birds would act as an early warning system for carbon monoxide gas. When the canary stopped singing the miner would know that he had to escape the chamber he was in. This particular yellow canary was obviously a favored pet as well as a working bird. Inscribed with the legend : 'In Memory of Little Joe. Died November 3rd 1875. Aged 3 Years' (from The British Antique Dealers' Association
It inspired some pieces I'm still working on. Dead birds made from textiles and thread as tiny reminders of a tiny life,insignificance,loss and most importantly a friend who would be missed.
So Ive been making and still making a collection of feathered friends who have sadly gone but are remembered.
Each one is made from lots of scraps of fabric and wire and each has a section of a vintage spoon on its chest. These will eventually be sewn on (excuse the pins in the images) and engraved with the birds name and message etc.
Around the spoon plaque I'm edging them with diamante and broken vintage jewellery.
In my head the idea is that an elderly dressmaker whenever he finds a dead bird copies them in fabric and names them so they are never forgotten.