April 4 this year was International Pillow Fight Day. So it was either fight or flight for the thousands gathered in designated public spaces across the globe in the battle of soft, fluffy fun. From New York to London, Vienna to Hong Kong, this event is held in more than a hundred cities each year.
You can’t help but be tickled by the feathery artwork of artist Chris Maynard. Using only a small scalpel as his key appliance, and possibly plenty of precision, he presents a vivid and different dimension of each feather; accentuating its inherent beauty and giving it a highly dynamic visibility.
The Onagadori, also known as the ‘most honourable fowl’ in Japan, has been a bird protected by the Japanese government for many years. To breed the Onagadori properly, one must keep a number of roosters in tranquil, non-stressful, temperate conditions in order to select the birds with the best and longest tail growth. Indeed, their feathers must not be ruffled as more aggressive birds will destroy their own tail feathers if they are in distraught!
Newark-based fine arts graduate Rachel Kozlowski is inspired by travel and nature, so it makes sense that she’s hit upon the genius idea of painting intricate portraits of flighty birds — falcons, vultures, owls, macaws and such — on actual feathers.
French artist Isa Barbier deconstructs flight with his billowing installation artwork — he hangs feathers on fine filament so gravity never gets its way with them. Hauntingly beautiful.
Kate MccGwire creates the most beautiful and intriguing sculptures and installations. Her work with feathers is incredible, and it kind of makes you feel like you’re looking at a giant, infinite bird. Her work is currently on display at La Galerie Particuliere in Paris, so flock to see it while it lasts.