Birds & Branches started out as a fun, monochromatic exercise one April afternoon and blossomed into a celebration of avian splendor in every color of the rainbow. As I paint, I imagine the secret lives of these jewel-toned birds, because just like us, each one is an individual. Has Sergio alighted on this branch on his way to aerial tango lessons? Does Olga question the wisdom of indulging in one last juicy, golden berry? Henri is clearly going to a poetry reading in his jaunty beret, and as for the rest, I guess we’ll never know for sure—but we can always have fun imagining their colorful lives!
“It all started when I bought Alphild’s house on Elliot Avenue. Meeting Alphild, with her amazing black beehive, dramatic taste in wallpaper, and love of costume jewelry was an unforgettable start to the many happy years I spent living on Elliot Avenue. Each pattern in this collection is named for one of the colorful characters who helped make this street home.
There’s Eyja, the grey cat from Iceland, Frankie with myriad rescue dogs on parade, Rianne and her Swedish décor paired with a kitchen ceiling of Italian glass, Helly the chocolate lab next door, Mia who loved walking through our garden, Claire the designer, and Alena who longed for California…all of these and many more stories are woven into the fabric of Elliot Avenue. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did!” – Kirsten Sevig