Who needs paintbrushes and pencils?
With our inherent association to the feathered world, how could we not mention the talented Clare Brownlow? Her artwork, all crafted using a pheasant feather and inks, adorns luxury items from postcards and prints to lampshades and cushions.
The designs speak for themselves, but we caught up with Clare herself to learn more about this fantastic concept..
How did you start painting with pheasant feathers?
I was at home with my parents who happened to have some feathers. I picked one up, started playing around with some ink and thought the result was a really fun. Really, I've just continued to play! I painted before I could hold a pen or even talk.
What was the first thing you painted with a feather?
The ostrich. I love her expression and her eyelashes were great to paint. One client, who bought this print, says they remind her to put mascara on!
What is your proudest achievement?
This year I have exhibited in New York, LA, Boston, Calgary, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. I am so incredibly chuffed to have done all of this, but am most proud to have been shortlisted for Wildlife Artist Of The Year 2014.
In who’s house would you most like to see your art?
What's on the horizon?
I am developing the homeware side of the brand and expanding new ranges. I also organise the annual Arty Farty Fare. With a fantastic atmosphere, loads of decorations, music, incredible food and a gin bar making cocktails on the back of a motorbike in the hallway, hopefully we'll see you there!
For more information, visit www.clarebrownlow.co.uk.
The Arty Farty Fair will be held at Orminston House, Kelso, TD5 8LD, Thursday 22nd October 10am -8pm.
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Subtle yet memorable, beautiful yet bold.. These are just a few of the ways we can describe Juliet Travers' iconic collection of fabrics, wallpapers and cushions. It was the debut Safari collection which originally caught our beady eye. Featuring the elegant feathers of Guinea Fowl, the flamboyant attire of flamingoes and the exquisite down of the Vulturine Guinea Fowl, we felt we had found our perfect match! But now, fresh for Autumn 2015, Juliet Travers has launched Albion - a brand new, British-Isles inspired collection - which has trumped it. Read on to find out more..
If you're anything like us, the Great British Isles is a source of enjoyment, pride and relaxation. Albion explores all corners of the UK: from the Scottish Highland Cows with their scruffy ginger hair to the majestic swans of Hype Park's Serpentine (a natural choice for Juliet whose studio is based in Kensington). We particularly love the Early Bird design - a perfect match for our very own Cock Pheasant photo frame. Our Green Pheasant feather frames also look great with the Secret Garden wallpaper, blending well with the daffodils and daisies, bluebells and bees. We're spoilt for choice!
To view the wider Albion range please click here: www.juliettravers.com
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