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Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog RaisonnĂ©
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

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Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in Rachel Freire (1)

Friday
Mar232012

Rara Avis by Rachel Freire

Outside the Royal Exchange buildings EC2 in London, and hand crafted in leather, Rara Avis is my favourite from The Big Egg Hunt collection so far.

Rara Avis, meaning an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing, has been hand crafted by Rachel Freire using the softest shade of pink with black leather.

Rara Avis, by Rachel Freire from The Big Egg Hunt 2012

I love the texture of the piece, the element of 'craft' and the duality of her 'flowers'. Rachel has recently launched a garment called Nip and Tuck at London Fashion Week Spring 2012, covered in flowers fashioned from the leather scraps of 3,000 Cow and Yak nipples, recovered from tanneries.

This piece has created media outrage with MPs and animal right campaigners, but Rachel has defended her work by saying that ‘They really make you aware of the animal itself.

I create fashion using material that would otherwise end up on the scrap heap.

What I am doing is recycling. The people criticising are clearly clueless about the amount of leather wasted on a daily basis.'


I like the duality of the work indeed. Especially when perched outside Louis Vuitton.

I have searched my photographs of her egg for the slightest protrusion of a nipple and alas, have not been able to spot one. Maybe I will have to go back for a second look.