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Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Being a huge bird fan – I love British photographer Luke Stephenson’s “Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds”. Having said that I am opposed to the keeping of caged birds and sadly most of the birds photographed in this amazing body of work are all caged pets, but Stephen has done them all justice, he has carefully captured their delicate finery and vibrant characters beautifully – doing justice to both the birds and their loving owners.

In his words: “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds began with a very simple idea, that I wanted to photograph budgies. I met a great deal of people (mostly men) who were very knowledgeable about their hobby and only too happy to share it with me. Their enthusiasm became infectious so that by simply photographing a species I felt I was adding it to my collection.”

An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds has been published in a really gorgeous book and can also be seen in Luke Stephenson’s portfolio.

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

Luke Stephenson - The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

All photos are from Luke Stephenson’s Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds

An evolutionary marvel – Dirds

Okay, you know how somethings on the interwebs just make you chuckle and you have to share them, well these Dirds did it for me.
They livened up my Wednesday completely! I hope they put a smile on your face too.

I know Stripes (#bestcat) licked her lips when she saw these tasty little critters.

Found via Lost at E Minor

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Dirds

Found via Lost at E Minor

Amy Judd’s Recent Avian

While doing another late night Pinterest insporation session, I stumbled upon the brilliant work of Amy Judd. To quote her website, Amy’s latest pieces entitled Recent Avian “draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and birds found in traditional mythologies and folklores”.

This London based artist’s bold compositions create a whole new world of mythological creatures, where feathers and flesh are seen as symbols of strength and bravery as opposed to the stereotyped fragility.

Be sure to visit Amy Judd’s website for of her gorgeous work.

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Amy Judd

Read more about Amy Judd here.

On my Christmas Wish List: Bird Apartment Block

Dear Father Christmas – please can I also have a Bird Apartment block. Thanks – Jo

Nendo have come up with yet another amazing must have item. One day when I have a big enough yard, I am installing one of these Bird Apartments. It is so clever, while the bird tenants nest in a collection of little bird houses in the front of the Apartment blog you can sneak into the back and peep at them through little spy wholes – voyeuristic maybe, but very interesting, especially if some of the locals are hatching chicks.

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See more of Nendo’s work here
photos by Masaya Yoshimura / Daici Ano

Avifauna Birds

The 51st edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012 (Milan Design Week) has just ended and it was a riot of amazing projects and installations. One that caught my eye was this eerily fantastic installation by Dutch deo Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters. This gothic flight of fancy was entitled Avifauna (meaning: the birds of a particular region, habitat, or geological period) and consisted of a collection of 13 stuffed bird species all “dressed” in “Reticolo Ardesia” fabric from Rubelli’s collection.

I think the collection has a strange magnetism, even if you are a little put off by taxidermy, you can’t help but be fascinated by these dark alter-egos.

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Avifuana Bird

All photos are from Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Found here

Vegan Taxidermy

Stuffed animals and birds fascinate me (see my previous post here). There I’ve said it! Weird, I know, but I am hooked – I blame my Mum, she took us kids to the Natural History Museum to see the numerous glass display cases bulging with frozen creatures of every species. I have always been intrigued by nature and animals (birds in particular) and being able to see a real specimen up close was a treat. However the idea that animals are hunted down for just this purpose still does bother me quite a bit.
As much as I would love a gorgeous bird posed on a branch under a bell jar, I simply cant bring my self to buy one. Until today that is, when I discovered “Vegan Taxidermy“.
Each piece is made entirely of bits of wire and paper and modeling clay and is painstakingly sculpted to look like its natural counterpart. Just perfect for the collector with a conscience.

Vegan Taxidermy
Vegan Taxidermy
Vegan Taxidermy
Vegan Taxidermy
All photos are from “Vegan Taxidermy“.

Holy homes

Going through old blog posts is really quite therapeutic. I am rediscovering some really inspiring people. Thankfully a lot of these folks are still hard at it, trying to make the world a more beautiful place.
Back in 2008 I posted about Frederik Roijé’s amazing design work. He is still designing truly amazing pieces, I still really love his gorgeous bird houses though. But do check out his website.

Frederik Roijé's Holy Home

Fine Feathers

What a magnificent Sunday! Although working I was lucky enough to be able to take my laptop outside and enjoy the glorious sunshine, the birds, the butterflies and the odd bumble bee. I am so happy spring is here.
Thanks to one of my new favorite blogs (yes, I know I should have been working) Creature Comforts, I discovered these delicate porcelain feathers. These are so going on my Christmas list. You can check them and lots of other lovely stuff at Velocity.

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Song Birds

Emily Sutton crafts these exquisite song birds by hand and details them with delicate stitching and paint. I admire the amount of love and patience that must have gone into making them. You can see more of these little darlings on Emily’s website (found via Oh Joy)

Rainy Day Inspiration

I am currently on a week’s break from work and as luck would have it, the heavens have opened and the wind is howling. The idea of running any errands on my scooter is not that appealing, So instead I have an Americano and my laptop and I can browse to my hearts content.
Check out these two fabulous Etsy stores, “Trace My Face” and “In my Backyard“.
Traci creates these delicate prints (top), I love her amazing use of colour and attention to detail, check her work out here, and “In My Backyard” (bottom) crafts these cute fabric printed bird patches (found via Decor8). I likes!

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In My Backyard

Fill in the Cat

A very clever use of space and form (and fantasy). Who’d have thought the bits that are missing could still be so importing in telling a story. Have a look at  for more fantastic ideas

Nel furniture