I carve birds' feathers into intricate art in order to make their natural beauty more noticeable. The work highlights the patterns and colors of the feathers themselves, inviting the viewer to look and look again. For me, feathers represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams.

I display my work in shadow boxes, a signature art form I developed after years of research. I use eye surgery scissors, forceps, and scalpels to carve the feathers.

A conservationist at heart, the feathers I use are legally obtained. Many of the feathers are naturally shed, which means that the birds they came from are likely still alive.

Since feathers are universal symbols of flight, transformation, achievement, and hope, the art speaks to many people who long for these qualities as well as people who revere birds.

My work is included in private collections and featured in publications in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. My book, Feathers, Form & Function, highlights the art and tells stories about what feathers are, what roles they fill for birds, and why people find them alluring.

See my older posts here and here.

More info: featherfolio.com | Instagram

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We long to fly but cannot so birds and feathers are important symbols representing our longings.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

Beautiful!

Amalia Sardinha
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10 months ago

Birds of a feather...

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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10 months ago

Wow, this is breathtakingly beautiful!

Molly Block
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10 months ago

Simply stunning. I would like to see what these eye surgery scissors look like. That must be very small? And are you using some kind of closed circuit tv to enlarge your work area?

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10 months ago

Mostly it's a small scalpel with replaceable we blades and magnifying loops

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George Hudacko
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10 months ago

DAMN!!

O Jackson
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10 months ago

So true.

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Mini Shnauzer
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10 months ago

This is gorgeous, the celestial feel of it!

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Made from naturally shed crowned crane feathers from a zoo, these birds are still alive.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

Just, "Wow!"

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

Wow!

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Up All Night
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10 months ago

Something that's not a bird, and snake sheds! Did you consider doing something ...angel related?

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George Hudacko
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10 months ago

WTF!

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George Hudacko
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10 months ago

Unbelievable but gotta!!!!!

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

Nice balance.

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The bird eats the bug, the bug eats the bird. The unavoidable cycle of life.

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I mostly use turkey feather from domestic farm raised varieties. They come in many patterns and browns, russet reds, and blacks.

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Up All Night
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10 months ago

I really like this one.

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Up All Night
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10 months ago

Peacock feather, a universal favorite.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

I like how you are using color in this one.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

What type of feather is this? Not turkey?

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

This series is great!

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Denis Brown
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10 months ago

I love crows. They are so smart.

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Sarah Brinsfield
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10 months ago

Mermaids!

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Zanjero Johnson
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10 months ago

wow that is incredible and how long did that take ? whowwwwwwwwww

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Sharon Hyatt
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10 months ago

Incredible detail in these amazing, delicate cut-out bits of feather... ALL of these works of art ! ! !

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Lilfish_74
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10 months ago

Aww, this one is sweet.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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10 months ago

Gorgeous- it makes me think of the traditional Chinese and Japanese ink paintings.

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N’Baro Atksteel X377
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10 months ago

I wonder what made these feathers. I have one like these at home. Without the cutouts, of course.

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Zanjero Johnson
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10 months ago

beautiful in so many ways

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Dorothy Parker
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10 months ago

Great frogs.

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