During my thrifty costume hunting for the Steampunk Wedding, I found myself surrounded by vintage birds. Wherever I went, there they were. Several followed me home. Three beautiful prints by Louis Agassiz Fuertes will be framed soon. An over-sized bird guide from the forties offers sumptuously thick pages filled with rich and detailed illustrations by Rex Brasher.
My favorite is a little hand-bound book entitled Wild Birds of New York. It's the sweetest little book ever and it was printed in 1912!
At some point, I believe the cover must have fallen off. The original owner created a new one and bound it with a little strip of red ribbon. Holding it in my hands literally makes my heart ache. Did I need a little inspiration for more bird carving? No, but these images certainly motivated me to put everything aside and return to my flock. I had been wanting to carve a cardinal ever since I drew this silhouette last year. I loved the idea of my newest bird being incorported into my holiday creations... who better than our scarlet feathered friend. Not a single cardinal image in the Wild Bird book of New York! The one in the 40's guide looked a little sinister... or just starving.
I searched through our own bird books, and then with enough inspiration began. I carved way into the night.
After carving is completed, I always do several prints to clean up any rough spots.
I'm loving him! He'll be adorning packages, journals, and so much more... just wait and see!