London, England born 1933
Bird of paradise
1975 Description: brooch with support
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: costume and dress, brooches textiles, silk, velvet, satin, coloured cotton threads
The grouping of birds on a wall was a popular decorative item in many Australian homes in the 1950s. The birds, which were usually ducks, were ceramic or plaster and were displayed in a set of three flying up a wall.
Heather Dorrough’s brooches are displayed in a similar way in Silently Stirring and depict a variety of birds in the natural world. The textures of a range of fabrics, such as silk, satin and velvet highlight the bird’s spectacular plumage.
Activity: Using old pieces of fabric and coloured thread make your own beautiful bird wall feature or brooch. You could use sparkly paint to help decorate your bird.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra