Guest Blog Post: Coffee, Birds and Mosaics by Emma Abel
Hello fellow Bird friendly coffee drinkers, I’m Emma, a wildlife Mosaicist / Coffee lover!
My little business abelmosaics specialises in endangered wildlife, aiming to give species “on the brink” a small platform through exhibitions around UK. It’s a great challenge to fashion beaks, feathers and fur in glass, ceramic, marble and more, blending colours with precision to recreate beauty and fragility, without a paintbrush in sight…
Bird & Wild – when I discovered their wonderful support for South American migratory birds through prioritising coffee sourced from Forest Farms, I was hooked! First up, the only coffee I now buy is … Bird & Wild. Second priority – to mosaic one of the 31 critically endangered birds whose home is in Bird & Wild coffee growing regions of Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and Nicaragua. Introducing the Sira Curassow from Peru … www.ExplorationSira.com or www.birdLifeInternational.com
The Sira Curassow (Pauxi koepckeae) is currently taking shape in my Studio! What a stunning bird – up to 95cm in length with pale blue casque, bright red beak, gorgeous black plumage with hues of royal blue/teal and long slender legs. It’s only found in Cerros del Sira, central Peru - a tropical habitat in moist, montane cloud forest and is threatened by habitat destruction due to non-timber crops, livestock farming, oil & gas drilling, mining, roads, logging. It’s also hunted for meat. Population c. less than 250.
I’d like to share some images of Sira Curassow Mosaic to date –
- glass fusion process – tesserae to be made into legs
- shaping the casque, glass fusion beak
That’s it for now, more updates soon.
Discover my work at www.abelmosaics.com @abelmosaics