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Chorley artist brings birds to life through sketches at centre

Artist: Kathryn Speak

Artist: Kathryn Speak

Feathered friends feature in an exhibition of work put together by a Chorley artist.

Kathryn Speak, a graphic designer and illustrator, will display her collection ‘British Feathers - Series One’ at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre from Tuesday.

She started sketching and photographing some of the birds she saw during local walks around the Ribble Valley and on weekends and holidays in the Lake District.

Kathryn creates sketches by hand and then produces each individual feather digitally, before choosing colours with the intention to exaggerate and highlight the feathers.

Finally, the birds are reproduced to scale as prints, numbered and signed.

Kathryn said: “There are so many bright and vivid colours on show. Even the tiny little wren, he’s just covered in the most beautiful plumage.

“People just don’t seem to appreciate the many different markings and beauty in some of our more common birds.”

The limited edition prints are available to buy, with a percentage of the sale going directly to the Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust.

Kathryn said: “Hopefully this project will give something back to the work that WWT does, because their help means I can continue drawing our spectacular British birds.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, March 30.

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