Feather art


Every now and then I stumble across an artist who makes me wish I had a metric ton of money. Because if I did, I’d have Chris Maynard’s feather shadow boxes all over my house.

His home page states:

Feathers provided by zoos and aviaries are carefully cut, positioned, and preserved in each piece. Most are collected after natural molting, with no harm to the bird. In fact, many of the owners of the feathers in art are still alive and well. Chris Maynard designs, cuts, and arranges the feathers which retain their original feather colors and shapes. He creates tiny flocks of graceful swans using swan feathers; displaying peacocks with peacock feathers, turkeys with turkey feathers, and more.

If you’re a bird lover, check out Maynard’s page, and especially his gallery of shadow boxes. The artistry is painstaking and accurate, and the results are just gorgeous.

Featherfolio blue jay


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Feather art

  1. Hick Crone says:

    How does it even occur to someone to do something this clever? I’m just clunking along through life while other people think of stuff like this! (I’m fine with that since it gives me time to appreciate all I can’t do…)

  2. Power Wench says:

    I agree with the first commenter! People (other people than me!) can have the most amazing artistic creative vision. Plus in this case amazingly steady hands to make such meticulous cuts. Astonishing and gorgeous!

  3. JR says:

    These are delightful, I love them. But I’m starting to wonder if you’ve hacked into my e-mail. I just last week joined Mass Audubon and a local birdwatching club, and spent the weekend watching shorebirds out at the Cape.

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