WHILE many windows across the CBD are being transforms into Christmas wonderlands, the window of David Stradling Photography on Fryers Street is currently home to something pretty spectacular.
Created by local resident, Ella Egan, the Partridge in a Pear Tree was made in 2011 for the Christmas at the Johnston Collection exhibition and has since been hiding away, that is until local business owner, Wendy Crow helped to bring it back out into the light where it deserves to be.
Ella said, “In 2011 our local group, which is now the Shepparton Textile Artists Inc. was invited, along with the north east branch of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria, local members of the CWA and other groups from the north east, to participate in the exhibition. We were allocated the Gold Room to decorate for Christmas 2011.
“This necessitated an excursion to Fair Hall before ideas could be formulated and the planning process could begin. Our members worked throughout the year making a variety of objects to adorn the room including Christmas stockings, cushions, throws, cards, dolls, presents in beautiful boxes, angels, bowls of fruit, embroidery and a mantlepiece swag to name a few.
“While we were visiting the hall I saw a painting of a partridge and that’s where the idea came from.
“It took me all year to make and is made out of Japanese Maple that is wired and bent into shape, silk fibres, a felt trunk and homemade silk paper. The bird was embodied by hand and the pears were shaped out of fabric.
“I was thrilled with how the birds and the pears turned out.”