HUNDREDS of hand-stitched birds will line the branches of Hunter Street’s Norfolk pines next March to raise awareness about domestic violence.
As part of the International Women’s Day project, Flying Free, people of all ages have been invited to create a bird from a pattern designed by British fibre artist and bird maker Abigail Brown.
Free bird-making workshops are held every Wednesday morning at Timeless Textiles gallery in Newcastle east.
Gallery owner and artist Anne Kempton said she hoped to hang 2000 hand-crafted textile birds on International Women’s Day 2016.
‘‘It’s the symbolism of flying free,’’ Ms Kempton said. ‘‘I think as we sew, we stich ourselves back together again.’’
The show will build on the gallery’s previous International Women’s Day projects run by Ms Kempton and fibre artist Wilma Simmons.
The birds kits are made from 2000 fabric tiles that were felted, printed, painted and drawn by women as part of a previous exhibition, Letting Go.
Visiting fibre artist Abigail Brown was so moved by the 2015 exhibition– which cumulated in kicking the carefully laid out fabric tiles off the path as a symbol of letting go– she created the Flying Free bird pattern as a gift.
The birds will hang from white ribbons as a connection with White Ribbon’s campaign to end violence against women.
Strands of multiple birds will be sold to raise money for the women’s and children’s refuges, Jenny’s Place, Carrie’s Place and Warlga Ngurra.
Bird kits can also be purchased from Timeless Textiles and all proceeds will be donated to the refuges.