Known for his delicately feather sculpting, the Pacific Northwest artist, author, and naturalist Chris Maynard has compiled his feather art works into a book titled “Feathers, Form and Function” which offers a unique artistic perspective on and insight into the evolution, function and symbolism of feathers. Using a small scalpel, Maynard carves bird-related artwork out of feathers. Each design highlights the feathers’ beauty and form, and calls attention to topics important both to us and the birds such as flight, lightness and attraction. By smartly placing the positive cut-out next to its negative shape, Maynard successfully make it appear as if the tiny bird is flying from the feather.
We all know birds have feather, but how to have birds out of feather? Of course, it will not happen in real life, but come from artist’s hand. Olympia, Washington-based artist Chris Maynard uses individual feathers to create images of large flocks of birds. Using tools like surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels, and magnifiers, the artist carves intricate feather birds that grow and emerge, and flap their wings as they fly away. The feather retains its natural patterns, colors, and shapes, which makes each one of Maynard’s pieces is an original that cannot be duplicated. Find more feather work on Maynard’s featherfolio site. [source]