Artist Bryony Rose Jennings transform forgotten scraps of fabric into unexpected works of art. Like assembling a puzzle, she carefully chooses and assembles each piece of textile until she creates a colorful animal sculpture. As a result, these whimsical handcrafted figurines are brimming with character.
An artist for most of his life, Jennings has a background in jewelry design. Then, about 14 years ago, she created a patchwork donkey with a friend using only scrap materials. This intensive project sparked a new creative direction for Jennings, and she has been making textile sculptures ever since. Ranging from large canines to tiny mice, these tactile creatures come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In most cases, the materials available help inspire the look of the subject.
“I love the feeling of being totally absorbed in everything I’m working on, it’s easy to get lost in the process, searching for the perfect frayed piece of fabric for an eyelash or the right leaf print to accentuate an anklet or a hip,” Jennings tells My Modern Met. “I don’t seek realism; my work seeks a sense of life and soul. Animals are born and they attract me, there’s a turning point with every sculpture I I do, a moment when the personality emerges and begins to direct its own evolution, it’s kind of like magic.
Jennings finds the process of creating the sculpture to be just as important as the finished product. “I’m very lucky to have found a way to make a living doing something I love, the journey has been unpredictable, my job and where it takes me is also unpredictable, and that’s how I love it,” she adds.
Artist Bryony Rose Jennings creates whimsical animal sculptures from textile scraps.
These endearing works of art capture the personality of animals.
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