I love sea urchin shells: each has such individual and beautiful textured markings. Drawing them has always been a pleasure as there is so much detail in each one. It was inevitable that I would start stitching them when I read that it was once believed that sea urchin shells were dragon eggs. Mother Dragon was one of my first pair of urchins.
This urchin was stitched into cotton printed with one of my abstract collages with a lining of cotton bump dyed in an indigo vat. The act of machine stitching in circular spirals gives the initially flimsy fabric a body which means that once the segments are stitched together they hold their own shape. The nodules and spikes are created with press studs (poppers) and hand stitching.
Approximate Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 12 cm