Most of our walks over the past few weeks have been accompanied by the clear, liquid song of the skylark. They are usually heard before they are seen, and are often soaring high in the sky. Too high to get a photograph, I’m afraid! But the sound and distant sight were enough to inspire me to come up with some new designs.
The bird shapes, which were cut by hand from sheet silver, are a much simplified, naive, interpretation of the skylark shape. They have been given a textured surface, using the edge of a hammer, then oxidised and polished, to emphasise the hammer marks.
The lark is a symbol of joy and happiness, and is often associated with lovers. These designs would be an ideal gift for a loved one, or for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. You can find them in my online shop now.
Larks are sadly just one of the many bird species whose numbers have reduced dramatically over recent decades. According to the RSPB, the UK population halved during the 1990s, and is still declining. I really hope that they can can hang on, as it would be so sad if their song was silenced, and spring walks would feel much less joyous.