This piece has fast become a favourite of mine, he has a great presence in the room and the colour is lush!
I started this piece by making the antlers. Wire, foil and clay, baked and then painted and varnished twice. I think they came out great and couldn’t wait to start working with the bright orange Harris Tweed.
I wanted the stag to really come out into the room and worked to get the turn of the neck. His face is hand stitched, each piece of fabric cut free hand and individually stuffed to create the shape. His large eyes are glass and he has long eye lashes. His nose is stitched from a thin black wool and the cream chin is tweed. Slightly painted to create shadows around eyes and mouth.
I experimented with backings. For a long while I had decided on a big piece of driftwood but something didn’t feel right. In the end this thick board of roughly sawn aged and grey oak sits perfect with the orange.
He measures a respectable 68cm from top of antlers to bottom of wood.