Imagine asking someone what he likes to do and he says: “Cutting feathers”. What would you think? He’s making fun of you? He is mad? He has no idea what world he’s living in, right? Well, artist Chris Maynard does and he cuts feathers for a living.
Why does he cut feathers? To make art. He uses eye surgery scissors, forceps and magnifying glasses to turn molted feathers into works of art. He thinks feathers are one of nature’s great achievements since they make flight possible and they also come in a great variety of colors and patterns and forms and make birds look fabulous in them. Feathers are also used by their “owners” to hide or attract a possible mate. So basically feathers are life.
Chris Maynard uses feathers from Olympia, Washington, USA where they are legal to both use and sell. He gets them from private aviaries and zoos,thus many of the feathers come from birds that are not native to North America.
Now, are you ready to behold the Cut Feather Shadow Boxes? They are selections of feather cutting artwork put together by Chris. The original shadow boxes are available for sale only in the United States, but you can purchase prints of his artwork on Chris’s SmugMug account.
This is a form of art that takes time and a lot of patience and dedication. Looking at the pictures below, we don’t really know how he manages to make them. Take a look below and see for yourselves. This guy is a genius of patience and artistry. More info: featherfolio | Facebook