Title : Birdie Num Num
Medium: Mixed Media Collage
Price : POA
About the artwork:
Birdie Num Num – mixed media hand and digital collage for Vacation Nation online exhibition. Original image taken from The National Geographic Magazine, Volume CIII Number One, January 1953.
Exotic Tanager birds fly across the globe in search of citrus fruits: citrus fruits get flown across the globe to be consumed by eager supermarket shoppers in places the fruit cannot grow. The artwork represents how humans rely on travel not just for the pleasure of travelling but for access to food they take for granted will always be available. Using a mix of hand drawn imagery, layered onto vintage maps with the original National Geographic page image placed to create a mixed media digitally enhanced collage.
When travel across the globe by plane has been out of bounds and difficult for so many of us, only birds are still able to fly free and travel for pleasure – in this case to find the citrus fruits they love.
Christina Wigmore, Leicester, UK
Mixed Media Textile and Surface design artist.
Taking inspiration from everyday objects that have been kept for sentimental, practical or unexpected reasons, I aim to explore the joy of re-using and re-imagining materials, textiles and objects that may otherwise have been discarded or put to the back of people’s minds.
With a Punk & DIY sensibility of reusing, repurposing and disrupting systems, my process involves building layers of imagery through collage and by shining light sources through everyday objects and deconstructing and reimagining them physically and digitally so that parts of the object can be reused, repurposed or digitally transformed into new textile and surface design objects, mixed media collage pieces, or projected as an alternative to physically printing a design on fabric.
Nostalgic connections to objects and places offer opportunities to involve people in the design process and reflect on personal experiences and meaning. Textile and surface design products and commissions mix craft and heritage processes with new technology. Finding partnerships and collaborations to show work that tells a story in community and public spaces is a particular area of interest.