ANTHROPOLOGIE : HOLIDAY BIRDS OF A FEATHER WINDOWS

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. 

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Now for some behind the scene sketches and prep photos... my favorite part :)

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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