"lady of the lake" feathered body sculpture



Feathers will last for many years if properly cared for, but will gradually deteriorate if dust is allowed to accumulate on them.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Where do you get the feathers?

A. Most are from a network of pet owners and aviaries that gather the molted feathers for sale. Many of these are from different varieties of parrots and exotic pheasants. Some feathers are a byproduct of farmed fowl (raised for meat)—chicken, turkey and common pheasant.

Q. Are the feathers dyed?

No, the color is natural.

Q. How long does it take to make a piece?

Since a bird will molt only a handful of feathers every year, and of those at most half meet my rigorous standards, it can take years to collect enough to make a single finished mask.

The feathers are washed and sterilized. The procedure of separating the feathers according to type of bird, color and size is the next time-consuming stage of the process.

After completing the papier mache base, I place each feather precisely and attach it to the base. It's truly a labor of love.

Q. Do you do custom orders?

Yes. If you have a collection of your own bird's feathers, I can make something for you using them. If you are interested in a piece that has been sold, there is a possibility that I can make something similar. Please call or email for details.

Q. Where can I hang your work?

Do not hang in direct sunlight—the color will fade. Indirect sun and spotlights are fine. Feathers love steam and can be hung in bathrooms.

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