American artist Chris Maynard creates unique and intricate artworks by carving tiny figures of birds out of feathers. Maynard “combines his strong backgrounds in biology and ecology into not only his art, but also a tabletop book and engaging and informative talks on the beauty, function, and meaning of feathers”*.
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. The feathers Maynard uses are from private aviaries and zoos. Except for turkey feathers, 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 feathers used in Maynard’s artwork are legal to have and sell. For shipping outside the USA, domestic turkey feathers are usually best choice.Chris Maynard