I’ve been thinking about how I might incorporate local found materials into the pieces I’m making for my Crafting Futures collaboration with Pilar.
So, for the past couple of months, I have been picking up the feathers I come across on my daily walks.
I’ve not done anything special when gathering these feathers – I’ve not gone out to look for them, and I’m not thinking of the possibility of finding one when I set out.
But I still like to come across them.
Some of the feathers have obvious stories.
Many seem to be casualties of mobbed buzzards, for example.
And as there are a lot of pheasants in this landscape, there are a lot of pheasant feathers too.
I love the deep, dark luminosity of crow and raven
While the provenance of others is more mysterious.
When I happened across another feather this morning, I felt that what I’d gathered might be beginning to amount to a collection.
So I asked Tom to photograph the feathers for me.
I like the found feathers individually, and together.
Hopefully the next time you see them will be as part of a finished piece!
This is the sixth post in my series about my Crafting Futures residency, my collaboration with Pilar Obeso, and our ongoing research and work on this project. You can read parts one, two, three, four and five by following the links.