The Incredibly Intricate Feather Art Shadowboxes By Chris Maynard

Published December 17, 2014
Updated September 22, 2019

Under the careful hands of Chris Maynard, feathers that have been discarded or shed are transformed, cut, and shaped to become incredible feather art.

Using feathers as his medium of choice, Chris Maynard has joined the ranks of artists like Tanaka Tatsuya and Seon Ghi Bahk, who are known for creating art from unique materials and methods. Under the careful hands of Maynard, ordinary feathers are sliced and trimmed until they create miniature scenes dotted with birds in flight and on perches.

In fact, each feather shadowbox is its own masterpiece, giving viewers a glimpse at the actual bird from which the feather originated.

Feather Shadowbox

Source: Featherfolio

Maynard has been working with feathers since he was a child. To him each feather is a “small bit of perfection,” the pinnacle of nature’s achievement.

While he has only been exhibiting work since 2010, Maynard has already caught the attention of people from all over the world. Playing with texture, color, and negative space, Maynard creates feather shadowboxes that explore the relationship between nature and art.

Colorful Feather Art

Art Made from Feathers

Source: Featherfolio

Maynard gets his feathers from private aviaries and zoos, usually using feathers from birds that are not native to North America. By using feathers that have been discarded or shed, Maynard upcycles them into feather art. In the wild, feathers serve a number of important purposes: they protect birds from the elements, aid in flight and are used to differentiate genders and species.

Chris Maynard at Work

Source: OIC

Like a doctor, Maynard requires an arsenal of specific tools to create each feather masterpiece. Eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses that were passed down from his family are all needed to create art from a simple feather. For more on Maynard and his awesome feather art, check out his new book, Feather, Form, and Function.

Chris Maynard Incredible Feather Art

Source: Theme Arena

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Picone, Kiri. "The Incredibly Intricate Feather Art Shadowboxes By Chris Maynard.", December 17, 2014, Accessed June 15, 2024.