Paige Smith-Wyatt

artist | designer | educator | author

Nature Brooches Wool Applique and

Paige Smith-Wyatt

Continuing with the work of transforming images from my contemplative photography and art making for my dissertation into embroidery, wool applique, and punch needle designs, I created these three sweet brooch pins.


The little birdy and the orange blossom were inspired by an ink drawing/painting I did after a contemplative nature walk - my usual walk on the Florida State University campus from the parking garage to my department's building.  As I walked across campus I saw sweet little sparrows flitting around in the grass and as I passed the citrus grove I observed that many of the trees had their first blossoms.

little sparrows flitting

orange blossoms hinting

of Spring

political interruption

based on assumption

made hazy my compunction

ink and water

mingled together

restored harmony


As I worked on these brooches, I thought of how creating needlework designs based on my experiences in the doctoral program and through my contemplative artistic practice research was a natural extension of that work.  Handwork and embroidery is a relaxing and peaceful activity that allows the mind to enter a state of contemplation and for my whole being to be at peace.  


These designs are available as digital PDF patterns in my Etsy shop:


Little Birdie    

Orange Blossoms