A message bird is a new concept. I designed these birds for the Birds of a feather Exhibition and just fell in love with them. They seemed to come alive and I got so many great comments that I was just amazed that other people loved them. I then approached the gallery shop to see if they thought that they could sell my message birds and Kirsty said, ‘Yes, I definitely think they could sell’.
As time went on, it was hard to package all the message birds up to sell so I wanted a box and researched for a box that complimented the message birds. Picking matching colours from the birds just gave it a complete package.
I have three types of message birds which each have their own design.
The first mesage bird is printed in a range of colours with a flower pattern on the wings and chest. The eyes are printed (foiled) including a chinese design on its cheeks. It has plain wire legs that is sometimes decorated with beads.
The second type of message bird is made from a Hayley Gillespie print from one of her beautiful paintings. Hayley’s work is just beautiful including Hayley herself. She has inspired and encouraged me to do things I never would have thought of including most of the exhibitions I participated in. So if you buy one of birds made from a Hayley Gillespie print – you will have an art piece that is quite famous. The eyes are googly eyes (well that’s what I call them) and its a more time consuming as the card is quite thick. They come out very different to what they started with.
The third is another design where I use print in foil. They are called my Aloha Birds which are bright and colourful like Hawaii is. I have tried to base them on the birds from Hawaii with my own little twist. The patterns are flowers and they are more feminine.