Hand-painted doce, goose and turkey feathers, collaged onto archival mount board 2017 90 × 70cm
Rebecca Jewell graduated with a PhD in natural history illustration from the Royal College of Art in 2004 and now teaches ‘Drawn From Nature’ at the Royal Drawing School. She is artist in residence in the Oceanic department of the British Museum and has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally. Her work is held in the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Library and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as well as in many private collections.
Rebecca Jewell uses print and collaging techniques to convey and raise awareness about animal cruelty. For Meadow Headdress, Rebecca has printed images onto feathers, then assembling these feathers to resemble a headdress. In many tribal cultures the bearer of a feathered headdress is thought to possess the honourable traits of the winged creatures. This artwork also touches on the rapid decline of the meadow which now covers only 1% of the UK. Meadows are home to hundreds of species of plants, insects and small mammals, yet because of the spread of cultivated farm-land and cities, this beautiful and important habitat has rapidly declined.