A full-time artist who carves intricate art out of feathers, Chris Maynard is the man behind these beautiful creations. Maynard makes birds’ natural beauty even more noticeable, using eye surgery scissors, forceps, and scalpels to carve the feathers. The final form we see here is displayed in shadow boxes, a signature art form artist had developed through years of research. “A conservationist at heart, the feathers I use are legally obtained,” the artist revealed. “Many of the feathers are naturally shed which means that the birds they came from are likely still alive. The work highlights the patterns and colors of the feathers themselves, inviting the viewer to look and look again. For me, feathers represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams.” As well as symbols of flight, achievement, and hope, artwork done by the hands of Maynard touches many peoples’ hearts, besides of course bird lovers. Artist’s feather artwork has been featured in publications over in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. With the published book, titled ‘Feathers, Form & Function’ Maynard speaks about his art, telling stories about “what feathers are, what roles they fill for birds, and why people find them alluring.”
Featherfolio by Chris Maynard
Artist uses eye surgery scissors, forceps, and scalpels to carve the feathers.
“Many of the feathers are naturally shed which means that the birds they came from are likely still alive.”
“We long to fly but cannot so birds and feathers are important symbols representing our longings.”
“I mostly use turkey feathers from domestic farm-raised varieties. They come in many patterns and browns, russet reds, and blacks.”
“The bird eats the bug, the bug eats the bird. The unavoidable cycle of life.”
“For me, feathers represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams.”