If you’ve ever held a feather you will know how delicate and beautiful they are. Working with feathers is extremely difficult – as they’re so gentle and fragile that it’s not easy to handle them.
ARTIST CHRIS MAYNARD
Artist Chris Maynard is not scared of handling feathers and uses the most unusual of artistic tools that include a surgical scalpel, scissors, forceps and a magnifying glass.
His work is incredibly intricate and he is extremely precise while creating beauty.
This artist works with feathers and each one tells an incredible story.
Maynard explains that feathers to him mean life. Birds shed their feathers and then they grow new ones. The feathers that have been shed mean the bird is still alive but like everything in life, we know the feathers will not be shed forever.
Chris Maynard works with feathers to represent both life and death, to show how life is gentle but also harsh, how there is always beauty and sometimes we just have to look for it. He showcases all his work on his website – Featherfolio.
Although it seems to be easy for us, Maynard uses a magnifying glass to see exactly what he is doing. Chris Maynard looks for the beauty.
Maynard does not dye the feathers. He sets them on various backgrounds, usually white, using stainless pins. He uses a tiny surgical scalpel for cutting when he needs to, he sews, creates patterns, sometimes adds a bit of comedy and other times, sadness.
Each feather, like each bird, tells a story. Maynard is from the USA and always follows the rules. Some of the feathers he uses are completely exotic but they are all obtained legally.
You must have been spellbound seeing his artworks. The colours and the patterns are completely dynamic and magnificent. Each piece becomes much more than just a feather.
We, in particular, like the feather that has become fishes. Which one is your favourite?