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Beaded Decorative Vessels and Magic Mushrooms

Beaded Decorative Vessels and Magic Mushrooms

By Bernadette Hansford


Textile, stitch, embroidery, bead, amber chips and mixed media on handmade felt, textile or glass

Original artworks

Sizes, in order as above:  

Autumn's Glow H: 62cm

Moonlight Glade H: 43cm 

Magic Mushrooms & Bell Jar: H: 33cm (to top of bell jar cover)

Vessels - £795 each

Magic Mushrooms - £695


This stunning pair of large decorative vessels and these sculpted textile mushrooms are the latest of Bernadette's original works that we are showing, after a tremendous reception for her debut in the gallery in 2022.

They are constructed from handmade felt, intricate embroidery stitches and numerous tiny beads, attached to complex layers of textile collage.


The vessels' form is provided by a glass vase interior. The mushrooms are stiffened onto stems and moulded caps above a rich carpet of beaded grasses, moss and flowers.


Every detail has been represented, including the bark and hollows on the tree trunks and stems up the side of the vessels and even the tiny gills underneath the caps of the mushrooms


These pieces were, each, about 150 hours in the making. They are unique - there are no pieces resembing them and the mushrooms are the first and only sculpture of their kind. They are marvels of textile engineering - and very distinctive artworks and talking pieces for the home.


    Bernadette is a fibre and embroidery artist living and working in Gloucester.


    Completely self taught, she uses raw wool, blended with pure silks and man-made fibres, to create pieces that strive to provoke emotions through colour, texture and content.


    All pieces are one of a kind and are completely hand-made, from the felt to the threads. Numerous hours of diligent hand embroidery and beading go into each scene.

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