My father is from Florence and I wanted to create a piece that would reflect my heritage. All of my pieces are inspired by nature, colour and form, and these swallows remind me of my summers spent in Italy throughout my childhood. Every year the same swallows would return to roost on our terrace, and because they are known to return home every year and choose a mate for life, the swallow often is a symbol for love and loyalty to the family.
This striking and intricate 3D paper sculpture is made using Japanese chiyogami and unryu papers. Each bird is carefully hand cut and selected, and placed at differing heights, as well as stuck to the glass, infusing this collage with movement, depth and life.
The artwork is signed by the artist and framed in a lime washed and waxed tulip wood frame.
Japanese chiyogami papers and Japanese unryu papers