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