The Alchemist

36.5cm x 44cm (framed). Hand embroidery on cotton velvet.


Read a blog post about making this piece here.

The lesser flamingo occurs predominantly in sub-saharan Africa. The bird feeds primarily on blue-green algae – spirulina – which, through photosynthetic pigments, is transformed into their pink colour.

The lesser flamingo is classified as Near Threatened, despite being the most numerous. Both key lake habitats in East Africa have been affected by heavy metal poisoning, whilst the key breeding site is threatened by a proposed soda ash plant by Tata Chemicals (Google Tata chemicals atrocities to learn of the horrendous crimes against indigenous people and environments).

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