Washington-based artist Chris Maynard carves feathers into amazing art, using molted feathers that are all legal to have and sell in the United States. He creates his intricate art with tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels and magnifiers. The artist has a background in biology and ecology and is a long-time member of the Audubon often contributing his art to conservation causes both local, national and international. To gain an insight into the artist we garnered a few quotes from his blog:
“An artist’s job is to create bridges between how the world actually is and how we experience it. An artist help us to see and experience the world from a different angle—whether it is emotional, conceptual, or just seeing things differently from how our brains are used to—like M.C. Escher does so well. It helps us not get too stuck in one way of seeing things. It allows us to be more flexible and adaptable.”
“Feathers are perfect by themselves so why make art with them? I do it to add meaning: to direct the viewer to ideas they can relate to. Giving meaning abstracts from the thing viewed. The meaning is not the actual object seen. It involves assumptions which can be wrong.”
“Many people say my art is completely original but it is not. I mean I developed a technique using technologies already created, I use common accepted design practices, and I am influenced by other artist.”
The artist can be followed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Chris Maynard.
Maud Vantours, designer and visual artist, lives and works in Paris. She followed an artistic curriculum specializing in textile design and materials research. Over time paper became her favorite material, folding, cutting, accumulating and superimposing to create layers. Her 3D sculptures translates into set designs, fashion accessories, editorial treatments and original graphics.
Much of her work can be found in her website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Maud Vantours.
Debbie Smyth is a textile artist known notably for her pin and thread drawings. She creates the artwork by stretching a network of threads between accurately placed pins. The artist has worked with high profile companies and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In her own words she describes her work:
“On first glance, it can look like a mass of threads but as you get closer sharp lines come into focus, creating a spectacular image. The images are first plotted out before being filled out with the thread, the sharp angles contrasting with the floating ends of the thread. And despite the complexity of the lengthy process I try to capture a great feeling of energy and spontaneity, and, in some cases, humour.”
” I feel as if I am taking thread out of its comfort zone, presenting it on monumental scale and creating an eye-catching, and in some case jaw dropping effect.”
More of her work can be viewed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.