Exquisite silhouettes from bird feathers

Intricate and fantastic, Chris Maynard’s feather-inspired pieces encourage us to take another look at one of nature’s most wonderful designs.

Maynard, who was originally trained as an entomologist, professes to be “feather obsessed” and is an avid bird-watcher. He creates his dioramic works using feathers collected from zoos, nonprofit bird rescue organizations and private aviaries.

Maynard first began by photographing feathers, then moved onto arranging them in shadow boxes. He’s since developed his own technique of cutting bird-shapes from actual feathers and arranging them in careful compositions, perfected with the help of fine eye surgery tools.

But it’s not just an obsession with feathers, as Maynard explains that there’s a message between the lines:

“I hope that seeing birds in a different light through my artwork will encourage appreciation of avian life and hence a desire to conserve it.”

For examples of his fantastic work visit http://www.treehugger.com/culture/chris-maynard-feather-cut-silhouette-art.html 

For information on how you could work with an artist to engage your visitors with nature and the environment talk to your MDO about the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts funding, or visit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-for-funding/grants-for-the-arts/

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