the Feathers

mariqua sunbird feather

Feathers mark nature’s pinnacle of achievement: the intersection of function and beauty. They make flight possible, insulate against water, sun and wind; and their colors and patterns help them hide and attract mates.

To Chris Maynard, each feather is a small bit of perfection. When birds shed or discard their feathers every year, he recycles them in his art.

Feather legalities

The feathers he uses are from private aviaries and zoos. Most feathers used are from birds not native to North America–even the crow feathers. The exception to using feathers from North America are those from turkeys and grouse. All shadowbox feathers are legal to have and sell.

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  • By Painstakingly Crafted Feather Art by Chris Maynard on October 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    […] artist based in Washington, who creates elaborate works of art using actual feathers acquired from private aviaries and zoos. Called ‘Shadowboxes‘, his pieces are painstakingly hand-crafted using tiny eye surgery […]