Since April 2020, in the depths of lockdown, I have been drawing birds on request, and drawings became prints. To promote them, I began to "gently reference" the birds I'd drawn in a series of "fashion" spreads. These humorous and light-hearted shoots used my own wardrobe and makeup skills and became an intrinsic component of a project that has become known as Birds Can Fly.

As soon as the lockdown in the UK was announced and in the face of cancellations and delays of most of my forthcoming work, I was bereft of motivation. I felt I had to reconsider my function as an artist during a global pandemic. Housebound and feeling emotionally blank and overwhelmed, I began to consider what work would be relevant to a changed world.

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European Bee-Eater

European Bee-Eater

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DAHLIA INSKEEP
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1 month ago

very cool!

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Kookaburra

Kookaburra

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ᴍɪᴋᴀꜱᴀ ᴀᴄᴋᴇʀᴍᴀɴ
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1 month ago

-Don't bully him yall, He is Gorgeous UwU-

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As I sat in my apartment overlooking a clearer, quieter London skyline, I noticed the birds more than ever and my passion for ornithology re-emerged. I began drawing the birds I could see from my window. Comforted by the process, I asked my social media followers if there was a bird they’d like me to draw. I expected a little flutter of interest.

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Waxwing

Waxwing

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Alex T
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1 month ago

haha the hair too for the little tuft of feathers

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White Stork

White Stork

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Rue Dragon
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1 month ago

Why does he remind me of a prettier Will Ferrell?

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What emerged was a wide variety of requests for bird drawings. Requests were often accompanied by an anecdote explaining their choice. I began drawing a bird for my followers most days and now have a disparate collection of ornithological favorites, drawn in pen and colored in Photoshop, creating an online network of bird lovers, sharing stories of the birds they love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. My intention was to punctuate timelines with an alternative to the growing horrors of the pandemic.

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Peacock

Peacock

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Alex T
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1 month ago (edited)

bow down to the peacock king

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Swan

Swan

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ᴍɪᴋᴀꜱᴀ ᴀᴄᴋᴇʀᴍᴀɴ
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1 month ago

-The jacket is so chic UwU!-

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Stories of a consoling interest in bird watching during this crisis, reflected in the messages of support and encouragement I received during lockdown. As the collection grew, I began to promote prints I'd made of the drawings by "gently referencing" the birds I'd drawn in #lockdown, mostly using my existing wardrobe and my makeup skills to echo the plumage of this collection of birds from around the world. What began as a tool for promotion has become a key element of this body of work that I've called Birds Can Fly.

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Owl

Owl

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whitney sweat
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1 month ago

I love how simple this one is! beautiful!

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Blue Tit

Blue Tit

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Alex T
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1 month ago

Oh he drew the bird too! He's got some serious artistic skills

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Jay

Jay

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Jamma
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1 month ago

This should be higher! The way you referenced the blue wing feathers with your (ascot? neckerchief?) is genius.

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Osprey

Osprey

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floofy doggo
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1 month ago

Yall arent giving this guy some credit?! This work is freaking AMAZING!!

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Woodpecker

Woodpecker

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Alex T
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1 month ago

he is going to intently peck some trees

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Chaffinch

Chaffinch

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Violet Poterbin
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1 month ago

Ooo like this one🙃

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#13

Wilson's Bird Of Paradise

Wilson's Bird Of Paradise

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MCathenaE
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1 month ago

I love the way you flipped your curls to mimick the tail curls!

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#14

Splendid Fairy Wren

Splendid Fairy Wren

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Alex T
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1 month ago

so blue!

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Long-Tailed Tit

Long-Tailed Tit

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King Vulture

King Vulture

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Bored.Paige
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1 month ago

The makeup is amazing!! It matches every bird perfectly and adds a cool effect to the rest of the outfits.

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#17

Curlew

Curlew

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ispeak catanese
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4 weeks ago

Curlews are so pretty, and the scarf weave goes so well with their markings

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Firecrest

Firecrest

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Sent From The Slytherin House
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1 month ago

This is cool

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Kirtland's Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

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Herring Gull

Herring Gull

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Hoopoe

Hoopoe

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Starling

Starling

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Alex T
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1 month ago

the way the jacket references the pattern on the bird though is cool

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Northern Lapwing

Northern Lapwing

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Turnip and a Frog
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1 month ago

Oh, absolutely!