A Cockatoo called Charlie - a new art print and pattern

Recently we visited Brooklands Zoo in New Plymouth and my kids were enamoured with Charlie, the talking Cockatoo. When we got home, my new pencil holder was eagerly named Charlie and my daughter asked me, "Can you make Charlie talk?"

Well, I know that to my kids I can weave magic, but this was out of my hands. Anyway, suddenly also feeling the magic of cockatoos (and I think birds in general), I found a moment to draw and in my own way I brought a cockatoo to life. This drawing owes its initial inspiration to Charlie and it's porcelain parrot-ness to my pencil holder ornament (at warehouse stationery if you want one too!). I have used quite subtle pencil sketching with watercolours to make the bird and then I chose to frame him in mint. You can even win one of these in A4 on my Facebook page! I've made him up in a few other colour ways with navy walls and dusky pastels in mind and then, not able to just leave it there, I even made him up into a wallpaper and textile design. 

Here is some of the fun inspired by cheeky Charlie, the talking cockatoo at Brooklands Zoo.

Hi Charlie! I've called this print 'Pretty Polly In Mint' and here you can see my cute cockatoo pencil holder which I am also currently a bit obsessed with - so much so that I haven't even put any pencils in it yet and I'm not sure that I want to!

Hi Charlie! I've called this print 'Pretty Polly In Mint' and here you can see my cute cockatoo pencil holder which I am also currently a bit obsessed with - so much so that I haven't even put any pencils in it yet and I'm not sure that I want to!

Although I love my Pretty Polly print in mint, I decided to make him in some other colour ways so that I can share him with more of the world. 

I love the mustard polka dot combo don't you? Plus the blush is prettiness incarnate. I was thinking about waterfalls when I painted the mustard stripe because, of course being short on time, I fancy finding a magic window to go up the mountain some day soon to explore Dawson Falls with my fam bam. 

I love the mustard polka dot combo don't you? Plus the blush is prettiness incarnate. I was thinking about waterfalls when I painted the mustard stripe because, of course being short on time, I fancy finding a magic window to go up the mountain some day soon to explore Dawson Falls with my fam bam. 

I also made Charlie into some fun patterns. The first polka dot one is a nice even and regular one using some lovely dusky spots - and the others were thinking about children's wear (on the ecru - imagine singlets and undies!) and then high fashion for the parroty pinstripe.

Poly-polly-spots - I will load this to my spoonflower shop soon! 

Poly-polly-spots - I will load this to my spoonflower shop soon! 

polly parrot cockatoo fabric katrina ward nz artist

Printing on this colour gives a nice feel for projects using natural unbleached and organic fabrics don't you think?

I love how the pinstripe is reminiscent of the bars of cage but how the birds are floating free in front of them... I see poetry in pin stripes!

I love how the pinstripe is reminiscent of the bars of cage but how the birds are floating free in front of them... I see poetry in pin stripes!

Thanks for reading this far and letting me share my excitement for cockatoos with you. For more of my textile designs you can check out my spoonflower shop where I will load these for purchase soon too. 

-Katrina