Anita Bruce - Fine Art Textiles

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I’m one of five artists working in partnership with the John Clare Trust to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Clare’s death. The project involves an artists’ residency based at Clare Cottage researching the life, work and legacy of John Clare, with a series of installations and interventions in the Cottage culminating in a contemporary art exhibition. The project is supported by the Arts Council, Vivacity, Metal and the John Clare Trust and starts today, with the first exhibition opening on May 16. Follow our progress on

Siphonophora at Whalefest, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

March 1 - 16

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The Golden Canary - Fresh Take at Burghley House

Installation Photos

Trophy Birds - Fresh Take at Burghley House

September 9th - November 3rd 2013

Trophy Birds

Golden Canary - Hand knitted gold plated wire

small pheasant feather, with machine embroidery (detail)

details of silk, embroidered feather. Pheasant feather incorporating imagery from the ‘Grotesque’ tapestries

Pheasant feet made from wire, for hanging the silk feathers

my feather designs, combining images of Burghley House’s art treasures with feathers from pheasant and other game birds, have now been digitally printed on silk.

First prototype ‘Golden canary’, referencing Burghley’s carving of a dead canary by Jean Dementreuil.
Hand knitted in strands of 0.2mm enamelled wire.

'Trophy Birds'

Final Fabric Deisgn for Fresh Take @ Burghley House

From the proposal:

The work responds to Burghley House’s opulent display of paintings, textiles and carvings, specifically the abundant display of birds and hunting imagery.

It connects the decorative display of birds at Burghley House to the plumage of birds as a means of display during courtship. Both represent a display of status, with the aim of territorial dominance. The paintings and carvings of dead game at Burghley signify the wealth and abundance of the estate, and the status necessary for an expensive and prestigious leisure pursuit like hunting. 

Length of fabric in process of being designed before going to the printer. 
Approximately 140cm square, to be printed on silk satin.

digital feather designs

Continuing to work on the detailed drawings from feathers. now starting to merge with the Burghley imagery - this is a detail from the Heaven Room

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