BIRDS

feathers and silhouettes

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire - Courtesy All Visual Art, photography Tessa Angus

 

Having worked with human hair in the past and now with donated pigeon, natural, undyed feathers, Kate MccGwire creates visually striking art. The Royal College of Art MA graduate is based on a boat floating on the Thames, which helps her stay connected to nature.

 

"I try to create works that are bodily, which have some sort of visceral, immediate feeling about them. Take the pieces in the cabinet, for instance, they are trapped, they have no head and no end, they are uncomfortable and beautiful at the same time. I'm constantly trying to create this fine this fine line between attractive and vaguely disquieting, they are bodily, so we recognise creases and crevices yet also alien and strange. The work uses natural patterns to suggest familiarity and truth yet they are impossible creatures; it's more like a suffocation or tightness, a manifestation of a feeling or an emotion as opposed to an actual thing.

The intent to produce something that can be read on many levels, both visceral and cerebral at the same time, a mobius strip bth in form and meaning", says MccGwire on interview with Coats & Scarry.

 

Her work transcends art and merges with fashion and photography. She has inspired Helmut Lang's Resort 2013 with her patterns and natural tones and has been featured in a fashion shoot for Garage magazine issue 3 A/W 2012.

 

"There's a great synergy between my work and fashion design: I think the sensual textures and contours of my pieces compliment the human form".

 

Lydia Caldana

 

www.katemccgwire.com

 

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire - Courtesy All Visual Art, photography Tessa Angus

 

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire - Courtesy All Visual Art, photography Tessa Angus

 

 


BIRDS

sun ravens

RAVEN

 

'Raven Steals the Sun' is a new collaboration between photographer Jeff Elstone, scarf designer Taiana Giefer and artist-milliner Selina Elkuch, based on the native Haida myth of how the Sun came to be.

 

In this story, the Raven, who was first white in colour, came upon the home of an old man who lived with his beautiful daughter. The Raven fell in love with her and soon learned that her father possessed a great treasure contained in a tiny box within many boxes - all of the light in the universe.

 

Through trickery and transformation, the Raven stole the precious treasure and escaped, scorching himself and thereby became black in colour. He then hung the Sun in the sky and thus released light into the world.

Photography: Jeff P. Elstone II

 

Model: Michelle @ Muse

 

Scarves/Wraps: Taiana Design

 

Headpieces: Selina Elkuch

 

Make-up: Cheyenne Timperio

 

Hair: Takeo Suzuki

 

 

RAVEN

 

RAVEN

 

RAVEN

 

RAVEN

 

RAVEN


BIRDS

the grace of death

 

 

photo by Laura Makabresku

photo by Laura Makabresku

 

Camilla Bo’ is an Italian freelance journalist and stylist. After two years of study in Paris she returned to her native Rome to study architecture. The art of critique proved more fruitful for Camilla and she began to write for the Association of Art and Critic about art and design and on her personal blog Choufouchouf. Focusing on the relation and communication between fashion and art, she decided to follow her creative nature not only giving a voice to the library she has on her laptop but also as inspiration for editorials. She’s now based in London, attending the course of «Art Direction for Fashion» at the Central Saint Martins College of Art.

 

Laura is a young krakowian photographer fascinated by poems and novels since her childhood, she spent her life looking for a tool to express.

Then someone gave her a camera and she started to shoot.

The camera as a tool in her hands began to write stories.

And so It happens that she translates images to prose.

Often she is the model of her story to avoid to lye and she often tells stories in her photos which really happened to her. I can imagine her somewhere closer to the woods, mountains and lakes, closer to places where fairy tales were born, because, as she says, those are the places that enhance her imagination more intense.

 

Her inspiration comes from her childhood when she used to play in a huntsman house which was under care of her grandfather who had many stuffed animals.

“My grandfather let me play amongst them all the time. I was strongly united with these animals. Today, these animals are here, with me. There are more and more of them.  Death is closer in the countryside. It seems that it is more “normal” and tamed there. Grandparents don’t hesitate to murder a rabbit in front of child eyes and then skin him. Often my grandparent gave me a long stick and told me to kill a rabbit – I needed to punch him in a head, from behind, near his ears. After that, before they started to prepare it, I could play with it in the garden.”

Animals are closely related to fairy tales and mythology (especially pagan). She likes wearing animal masks on her head in order to absorb their features and to be surrounded by them because in such world she feels safe. She feels very related with nature.

It’s easy to recognize some lines of Kundera or Nabokov in her pictures…

Indeed literature is the other influential part from which she usually takes inspiration for her works. Or better the sensitiveness, darkness and death she found in the poems. “Pain is inscribed in all of these. Everything is linked with each other inseparably”. This is why some of her photos can be poetic and cruel at the same time.

 

Her most significant exhibition was this year in Krakow at Krakow Photomonth, ShowOff Section.

Now she is working on a big book which includes fairy tales as the ones we used to read when we were kids. She would also like to link photos with the fairy tales that she wrote. I like the idea of a book for children and adults made by pictures instead of illustrations, with short stories to tell before sleeping.

 

She is afraid of traveling but she would like to see the sea, which she has never seen with her own eyes.

At the moment we can only imagine the emotions that this late meeting will arise and waiting to be struck by the grace of her interpretation.

 

 

Laura Makabresku 

 

Camilla Bo' s website

 

 

photo by Laura Makabresku

photo by Laura Makabresku

 

photo by Laura Makabresku

photo by Laura Makabresku

 

photo by Laura Makabresku

photo by Laura Makabresku

 

photo by Laura Makabresku

photo by Laura Makabresku

 

photos by Laura Makabresku

photos by Laura Makabresku

 

photos by Laura Makabresku

photos by Laura Makabresku


BIRDS

owl the ultimate trend bird

 

 

 

Justin Bieber, the golden child of internet buzz, recently revealed his newest tattoo on Instagram - a grey and black owl on his left forearm. The singer's newest ink confirms Li Edelkoort's Autumn/Winter 2011 forecast, in which she spotted birds as a major trend with the owl as the ultimate trend bird.

With its entrance on the popular culture scene we are likely to see birds, and the owl in particular, continuing to grow as a long-term trend. Hoot hoot!


BIRDS

salon du livre

 

 

 

The poster of the new "Salon du Livre" in Paris feature a beautiful white dove. We enjoy it!

 

www.salondulivreparis.com


BIRDS

fashion takes flight

Etro-Fashion-Show-Milano-Winter-2012

Etro Winter 2012 Milan - AFP- photo by Olivier Morin

New flight patterns for the fashion’s future are underway. During Milan’s 2012 Fall Fashion Week, designer Kean Etro’s collection featured for the show a giant Icarus as a backdrop, feathers took front stage. Etro’s designs adopted a demure palette of marmalade, ash grey, powder blue, burgundy, navy and inky black; feathers replaced buttons on the back of tail coats and adorned the tops of shoes.

 As the waxen rigors of formal dress soften, we inevitably discover the beauty of new perspectives and unconventional artistry.

Text by Beth Lauck.

 

www.etro.com

 

 


BIRDS

wild upcycling

  design by monique habraken photo by rued peijnenburg

design by monique habraken photo by rued peijnenburg

 

 Monique Habraken is an artist of the undead. Her work begins with the carcass of a duck, killed by hunters in charge of population control. She retrieves the duck’s plumage and fashions a feathered tapestry of intense color and form.

Habraken writes: “In this way, I'm trying to keep the feeling of untouchable wildness alive." 

Creating new life from the ashes of dissolution; Habrken’s artwork is a poignant reminder that beauty can never be lost, only reborn. Text by Beth Lauck.

 

www.moniquehabraken.com

 

 

 design by monique habraken photo by rued peijnenburg

design by monique habraken photo by rued peijnenburg

 

 design by monique habraken photo by rued peijnenburg

design by monique habraken photo by rued peijnenburg

 

 

 


BIRDS

Abigail +Abigail

 

abigail brown

design by abigail brown

At the last London Design Festival, we found new "birds". We are happy to introduce you to the works of two talented young ladies.They are both fascinated by owls...And, by chance they both have the same name ! Is Abigail a first name related to birds?

 http://www.abigailedwards.com/

 

http://www.abigail-brown.co.uk/

 

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design by abigail brown

design by abigail edwards

abigail edwards

design by abigail edwards


BIRDS

Kokorico...

left : photo by eric sander from the book "attitudes"- right : photo thomas straub

Nearly two years ago for this season winter 2011, in Bloom n°19 we did a whole subject on the parralel between humans and beautiful chickens. We are happy to welcome Kokorico on Trendtablet as a stylish confirmation. Enjoy!

Jean-Paul Gaultier  introduced recently in Paris, Kokorico, his new masculine eau de toilette, to the press in a former theatre that is now dedicated to digital culture. The "Gaité Lyrique" was entirely redecorated in black, red and feathers, the three dominant colors for the new jus.

Kokorico is Jean Paul Gaultier's olfactory cry to men, with notes of fig leaves, patchouli, cocoa, vetiver and cedar. He calls them to triumphantly, intensely proclaim their virility. An aphrodisiac fragrance, a concentration of sensuality and flamboyant panache, that will definitely make feathers fly!

 

www.jeanpaulgaultier.com

 

 

 


BIRDS

kristine fornes

K_Fornes_ Eliza

Kristine Fornes is a classic treasure collector; she finds old textiles and reuses them as artistic material. She uses old and torn rags and darned textiles, inherited and found at flea markets. These old tex- tiles are tied to the craft’s carefulness, emotion, and lost slowness.

An old silk fabric becomes a canvas for printed pictures, drawings, and hand embroidery, and its maturity gives her work a patina of drawings. By Line Ulekleiv.

www.kristinefornes.no

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K_Fornes_Beauty astrayK_Fornes_The tropic dressK_Fornes_Spring in sight_detail


BIRDS

taking flight

photo Alain Jouffray

autumn/winter
2011-2012

 

now that we have recovered from the worst and are experiencing a new fluidity of movement, the economy and therefore culture will take us to a higher plane for a new and even better perspective. in a positive and optimistic mood, fashion and design will take flight and give us wings on the road to new colours, more texture and exalting creativity.

the world of birds is therefore our source of inspiration, with their interesting behaviour patterns previewing the society of man. living in flocks they inspire us to congregate and share, building nests and inviting us to rekindle the love and care we want to give our family and friends; transgressing borders they install in us a new sense of freedom from convention and control; gathering food they initiate the idea of local produce and seasonal harvest.

 the collecting of twigs and debris to weave birds’ nests will inspire us to rekindle a keen interest in artistic and crafted weaving, with designer yarns spun from opposing and complementary matter like mohair with silk ribbons and leather and lurex.

the rituals of courting and mating by the male specimens drive us towards a more erotic experience of the night and a more exotic take on rituals, using colour, dance and sound as essential attributes.

 

—lidewij edelkoort

30,000 feet above sea level

 

 

photo Imke Klee & Antonios Mitsopoulos

blending into the bleak urban environment adolescent boys and girls seek refuge in mimicking matter and neutralised colours, enabling them to be. a survival sense of aesthetics will give this creative community a chance to express more freely and without boundaries.

 

 

photo Heike Odermatt

photoThomas Straub

the independence and resourcefulness of birds living in and around water inspire awe in us for the way all elements work together; their ecology of interdependence teaching us to consider sustainable style and the use of bio matter, including the use of algae as the fibre of the future.

 

 

photo Imke Klee

did man learn weaving from birds or vice versa? the stunning mimicry between humans and ploceidae (weavers) concerning the skill of weaving has never ceased to amaze us, and now comes to the forefront of fashion to herald the revival of artistic and crafted weaving.

 

 

photoThomas Straub

photo Stephen Dalton

as the nerd of the birds the owl will never stop to intrigue us.the professor of birds teachesus a lesson in endurance, dedication and perseverance.he is designed to live a nocturnallife, just like an online nerd working through the night, hunting for virtual prey.

 

photo Christophe Theurer

photo:Willem de Lange

 

 

swan

design by frank sorbier photo by patrick gries

 

 

colour moves in two distinct directions:

the feathery, heathery, spotted and abstract-patterned neutrals of all kinds to blend into the cityscape, disappear at the beach, hide in the forest or camouflage in the desert, with coloured greys, tinted browns, heathered darks and iridescent blacks or, on the contrary, the gift of colour bursting out on a rounded breast or underlining a curvaceous tail. colour is used as an antidote to morosity, as an incentive to twitter and a formidable tool to seduce. peacock ultra brights will illuminate grand evenings and electric parakeet accents compete with each other in the urban underground, 

while parrot pastels will introduce a flapper revival roaring towards the twenties of the twenty-first century.

lingerie and corsetry adorned with furs and feathers will continue to inspire sexual style. the fetishistic and animistic forces in society will be fed with global examples of universal folklore using bone, hide and feathers.

the colour red becomes the dominant accent of the season, inspired by the beaks, breasts, limbs and crests of the ornithological world, introducing flaming turbans, russet scarves, scarlet bows and crimson stockings with ruby patent shoes.

 

 

 

 

singing
photo by rein hofman

 

 

 

coktail

photo by jean tholance

 

 

 

paradise

 

 

 

red
design by dior photo by laziz hamani

photo by marie taillefer


moyra says :
2011-05-20 20:45:37
oh oh oh just beautiful and marvellous and totally am so into birds right now....
Schnuppe von Gwinner says :
2011-04-01 16:20:01
waht a discovery of this homepage! And what a coincidence??? At craft2eu gallery in Hamburg we will present a "birdshow/ Vogelschau" wtih comtributions from all over Europe. From 27.04 to 18.June 2011 there will be jewellery, vessels and dishes, objects on show - all related to, inspired by - birds! Keep www.craft2eu.com in mind and have a look - we will publish all objects and detailed information there within the next weeks. Much better, come and have a look at our lovely place in hamburg, Germany! Best Schnuppe craft2eu - agency and gallery for European craft and design Eppendorfer Weg 231, 20125 Hamburg, Germany


BIRDS

Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

"Avifauna’ is about bringing two common worlds we love together, nature and textile.We’ve started to materialize the beauty, shape and language of form that we see in animals and what’s better to start this search than to mold on the animal itself. The ‘Dutch’ Grey Heron, Tawny owl and Blackbird were stuffed without their plumage and used as dummies to design on.

Right now we’re working on designing still animals out of paper. We’re trying to find new shapes, techniques and textures from the motion of flying owls, fighting hares, walking storks and other animals." The Grey Heron, Tawny Owl and Blackbird were first developed for Janice Blackburn’s ‘Small Show Huge Talent’ None of the animals were killed for this project.

www.mkgk.nl

 

 

photo by Sabine Pigalle

photo by Sabine Pigalle


BIRDS

LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT FOR ALCRO DESIGNERS 2011-2012

 

The world of birds is therefore an amazing source of inspiration,singing birds inspire luminous spaces that will make us smile, with almost brights that bring some sunshine on a rainy day.

Nesting birds tell tales of arts and crafts colours to be woven into an artistic interior.

Rural chickens chirp about the authentic colours of the Swedish farm,while baby birds cheep from the delight of their softly-coloured neutrals.

Avant-gardist urban birds flock together in sombre and grey interiors, while black birds dabble in the darkest iridescence.

Parrot pastels will introduce a flapper revival, roaring towards the twentiesof the twenty-first century.

All shades can be contrasted with a basic linen, a lacquered black and a matte gold—to make all our colours sing!

—Lidewij Edelkoort

 

www.alcro.se

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BABY BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

A soft and gentle universe of clear and optimistic colour is inspired by thefluffed-up downy character of endearing baby birds.

Just broken out of the egg, these tinycreatures with stumbling awkward movements and wide-open beaks fighting for food are tender and cuddly, expressing the promise of new life and new opportunities after a long period of morosity, economic crisis and general fear of life. The need forcreation is breaking out of the egg of conception.

Confident without being functional, basic without being boring and tender without being tedious, these colours are the basis of our range for 2011.

An endearing start to a new period of nesting.

—Li Edelkoort

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

Birds of a feather flock together in inner city clans and neighbourhoods enabling different societal expressions to be recognised by the group.

Living a make-do mentality that will dominate design with sheltering sanctuaries and squatted industrial buildings.

A survival sense of aesthetics will give the creative community a chance to express more freely and without boundaries.

Therefore the end of the age of individualism has arrived, allowing us to network and cooperate.

An army of dark neutrals will revolutionise interiors, becoming abstract and minimal.

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété

 

 

 

 

RURAL BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

Fashion and design have decided to stay on the farm indefinitely now that even in the virtual world farmville.com is the place to be seen, to seed and to harvest.

More than ever, our focus is on authenticity, honesty and local colour.

Inspired by the revival of a rural culture and the birds that roam the farm, the colours want to be trustworthy and traditional, with a slightly frozen and whitewashed quality to make them lively and vibrant.

Design will be true and proven and furniture will reflect the functional aspect of rural life.

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété

 

 

 

 

WEAVER BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

Did man learn weaving from birds? Or visa versa?

The amazing skills from birds that weave and construct their habitats with bits and pieces of fibrous finds has been inspiring man from the beginning of time. Nesting has become a contemporary keyword to describe our current and crafted lifestyle; open-ended yet cosy and comfortable. A gentle and hospitable space ready to receive family and friends.

The arts & crafts movement is making an important revival, inspiring objects made by hand in timber, hide, bone, ceramics and glass. Filling the nest with unique pieces.

The creative consumer is born.

 

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété

 

 

 

COCKTAIL BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

A new and soft range of coquettish cosmetic colours meant to be used for an elegant and sexual purpose, giving a refined and genderspecific meaning to paint.

Caged birds of exotic origins are inspiring a highly-charged and erotic sense of aesthetics, drawing on the idea of the liberal bondage of beauty. Translated to the real world with the concretisation of female fantasises in private spaces like the personal bathroom, the secret walk-in closet and the remarkable revival of the boudoir—the ultimate female sanctuary.

These softly greyish pastels will give an edge of rococo to contemporary decoration and should be used with restraint and wisdom.

 

 

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété

 

 

 

SINGING BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

The sudden song of the singing bird can wake up the spirit and produce a smile. It can give light to an otherwise uneventful moment. Giving colour to an ordinary day.

Its humble frame and chubby coat only help make it more endearing and make its magnificent voice even more remarkable. Their little bodies are tinted in drab and neutral tones with a strong accent colour on a rounded breast or hidden under a pointed tail.

These gentle colours are medium brights that are easy to mimic and use, meant to act as sudden unexpected accents in otherwise neutral spaces.

Just enough to give light and life to an interior.

 

 

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété

 

 

 

BLACK BIRDS

photo:Thomas Straub-styling Nelson Supelveda

 

Highly intelligent and powerful birds have been dark symbols since the beginning of man.

Resourceful and operating with a strict hierarchy in a large flock called a murder, they have become icons of the gothic movement, living often in cemeteries and believed to assist the transition of the spirit to the after life.

Standing for dark and almost dramatic environments, so much loved by the avant-garde, and therefore introducing much darker colours for the home.

these tinted hues of black are used to update anything the consumer wants to change in a radical and provocative way.

 

 

illustration: Nathalie Lété


Yuval Etzioni says :
2011-04-13 17:56:57
loved it alot thanks!
Raph says :
2011-04-13 13:16:06
LOVE IT! THANK YOU!
Marjolein says :
2011-04-13 12:28:05
Lovely, when we turn to nature to study color, we might be overblown by the richess of all the colors we may find there....everywhere. I am looking forward to the period in which the colors of the ocean become the inspiration for designers...


BIRDS

Cathy Miles

"Cathy Miles is an English metal smith who uses a unique concoction of wire, found materials and text to depict common bird life. Her works take the form of three-dimensional drawings documenting the belly tickling moments of the everyday. "I was trapped on the tip of Southend pier with an elderly man called Dave, (an eccentric yet morbid local) when I started to drift in to the eccentric world which my current work revolves in.

As Dave went into his personal problems in grave detail, (death of budgie, stomach ailments etc.), in desperation I began to stare at the little ringed plovers and imagine their conversations and complaints. I came to the conclusion that they were just like us with their grumbles and gripes, bad habits, love interests and attention seeking behavior…"

Cathy Miles

www.cathymiles.com

 

 


BIRDS

Lena Savchenko

Lena Savchenko is a young Russian-Ukrainian designer of 23 .

Her brand «IVLISA» is an handmade and semi-bespoke footwear.

All materials are natural from best genuine leather, natural wood and exotic feathers. Here is what she says of her collection:

"I was working on her final university project and then I saw a bird

in London and I thought  about the construction of its beak and how will it look as a heel. After I’ve done a huge research on feathers and beaks, colors and wings and after 4 months of researching, drawing and insomnia I came up with my collection."

www.ivlisa.com

 

 


BIRDS

Super stars