Weekly Art Project: Week 34

Black swans are the subject of my textile sketch for week 34 of my Weekly Art Project. I find perverse pleasure to live in country that is home to a creature once thought to be impossible. Here’s a photo of one of these beautiful birds cruising on the lagoon at Copacabana:

Early on in this project, I did some sketches of swan trios. However, along the way I have learned that works at this scale benefit from further simplification.


Black Swan sketches

Thus I decided to focus on a single swan and suggestive shapes.

Weekly Art Project Week 34

Weekly Art Project Week 34 Black Swan

For the swan’s body, I used a zig zag stitch to hint at feathers. Here’s a close up:

Black Swan Quilting

View the Copa Abstractions collection from my weekly art project so far.

I look forward to seeing YOUR weekly art project. New participants are welcome to join in at any time and hi to Jan who posted her first weekly project last week.   It would be wonderful to see your work. Be sure to link back to your specific blog/social media post so that we can learn more about your inspiration and process.

Weekly Art Project Link Up: Week 34: 17 May 2017  

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  1. Join the Weekly Art ProjectMake a pledge to participate – you can do this privately but there is power in a public declaration.
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  4. Share a photo via the link up that I will post on my blog each Wednesday. (The link up for each week will stay open for 14 days.)

* Your project can be in any medium and size.  If you would like to explore working in a 6x6in square format, download the Weekly Art Project Design Sheet to develop designs at this scale.


  1. The generous ways you share your work and process are such gifts. I’ve learned so much, both about the thinking and the doing. Thank you!

  2. Very interesting; the swan seems to be the nearest to a realistic (rather than abstract) presentation in this series. I can almost hear him!

    • Hi Martha – I think it’s the head element that tips this one over towards less abstraction. I might do another one without a head but it would be a shame to lose the red beak!