This holiday season I fell head over heels with the goldfinch--New Jersey's state bird and the inspiration for these windows. The puffy winter-ready goldfinches are taking part in this year's garland dressing and setting.
The structure is a plywood form covered in chipboard, wire, styrofoam and paper greenery--pine boughs, sugared lemon bundles, gold pinecones, and pine needles. The birds are made out of hand cut crepe paper feathers with gold leaf tipped wings and gold foil beaks.
Now for some behind the scene sketches and prep photos... my favorite part :)
My flock of 15 hand shaped, hand cut, hand feathered goldfinches hanging like bats in my artroom. I sketched out bird bodies from real images and filled out the form with styrofoam balls and tissue paper/masking tape. Each one has an individual wing movement to strengthen the appearance of flying
The hourly progression from jig-sawed wood form to ribbon/greenery covered garland