"Some say that artist Chris Maynard is slightly feather-obsessed. “It’s true,” he says, “my work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.”
He only has time to turn a small portion of his ideas, which fill many notebooks, into feather designs.
His favorite tools are the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family."
"Feathers mark nature’s pinnacle of achievement: the intersection of function and beauty. They make flight possible, act as incredible insulation, and their colors and patterns attract mates and help them hide.
To Chris, each feather is a small bit of perfection. When birds shed or discard their feathers every year, he recycles them in his art.
The feathers Chris uses are from private aviaries and zoos. Most feathers, including those from crows are from birds not native to North America, with the exception of some such as turkeys and grouse. All shadowbox feathers are legal to have and sell. Currently, Chris does not sell the shadowboxes outside the USA."