A fascinating artwork comprising hundreds of charity pin badges has been created by artist Efrosini Hobbs.
Taking almost three years to complete, the canvas depicts an eagle soaring into a star-filled sky above a dark forest. The eagle comprises bird pin badges, while star-shaped badges make up the constellation.
Prominent at the tip of the eagle’s leading wing is a Princess Alice Hospice dove badge in the charity’s distinctive pink.
One of three works on a theme, the canvas has taken a huge amount of effort from Efrosini, who is housebound due to a spinal condition, and also suffers fibromyalgia and Addison’s disease
Eltham-based Efrosini said:
“I first had the idea in autumn 2016, to use charity pin badges to give my canvasses a 3-D effect, as I’d been collecting pin badges for years. I realised that an art project would give me something positive to focus on, to lift me out of my despair. Indeed, it has proved the best therapy for me!
“Every movement causes me pain and I am constantly fatigued.”
Efrosini has plans to write a book about the charities whose pin badges she has used.
“Every pin badge tells a story, especially when I look at the child-loss charities set up by bereaved parents, and these stories deserve to be told.
“With regard to the canvasses, I would love to get them exhibited once the remaining two are completed.”
Efrosini’s first canvas is titled Magnificent In Flight – Soaring Starwards.