Photographic Study of Three Millinery Prepared Parrots

A closer look at the three dyed-black millinery prepared parrot specimens in the University of Alberta Clothing and Textiles Collection.

“Much has been written on the hollowness of souvenirs, their intrinsic sadness and the ultimate futility of collecting things in an effort to remember places and events. Perhaps none is more poignant than that which is plucked from ‘nature’, that thing that once was living and is now dead or redundant – a shadow of what it once was in life…”

(Snaebjörnsdóttir and Wilson 2006: 14).

Photos © Merle Patchett

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