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New Flocks of Birds Emerge From Carefully Hand-Cut Feathers

Washington-bases artist Chris Maynard has created a stunning visual design depicting various flocks of birds made from nothing but natural feathers.

The artist uses a broad range of feathers from a number of difference species, helping to provide the perfect materials to create his unique, graceful designs.

Maynard sources each feather from zoos and aviaries, creating each peace by meticulously cutting and shaping the feathers with tools such as eye surgery forceps, scalpels, and magnifying glasses.

The end result is a simply gorgeous visual piece that features silhouettes of birds that have been crafted entirely from feathers, with each small bird appearing as part of a flying flock. By using cotton papers, each work is visually striking, allowing various textures and patterns to emerge.

Not only does Maynard appreciate feathers as an artistic medium, but also for their vital role within nature.

“Feathers mark nature’s pinnacle of achievement: the intersection of function and beauty,” he writes on his website. “They make flight possible; insulate against water, sun and wind; and their colors and patterns help them hide and attract mates.”

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