Friday, January 8, 2016

Colossal Bird Sculptures by The Myth Makers

The Great Spirit : An Owl. A humble leader embraces the strengths and weaknesses of humanity, and inspires from a spiritual perspective.

The Scold: a crow. A raucous chatterbox and gregarious gadfly that holds a strong opinion.

The Taste Maker : A Falcon. An uncompromising harbinger of taste, the critic is not a populist.

The Realist: A Red-Tailed Hawk. Everyone has a killer instinct, a desire to fly and an ambition to achieve their fifteen minutes of fame.

The Tourist : A Victoria Crowned Pigeon. Visitors drawn to the vibrant city shape culture with their impulsive consumer behavior.

Forest Grace

 The Sentinel

The Seer

Alight: The Spirit of the Red Tail Hawk

The Poised

Avian Avatars is a collaborative project between The Myth Makers a team of nature inspired artists Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein.

The installation features five giant sculptures of the world’s most symbolic birds – the owl, raptor, crow, pigeon, and falcon each bird with their own unique myth. Made from maple saplings, wire ties and found objects, the sculptures stand anywhere from 18 feet to colossal 26 feet tall were displayed along Broadway in New York's historic Garment District. In April 2015, the sculptures made a flight to Muskegon and can presently be viewed at different downtown Muskegon locations till May 1, 2016. 

"Since the beginning of human history cultures have identified birds as mythic and transformational. Their seasonal plumage has indicated change, signaled migration and foretold impending weather events. The Phoenix, Garuda, Horus, Ra, Thunderbird and angel iconography all address transcendence and rebirth."

Avian Avatars is meant to convey an alarming message to the modern human race, encouraging them to heed to the stories about current human impact on the changing natural world. 


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Night Owl Wallpaper, Room Divider and More

New 'The Night Owl' is from Arthouse's Enchantment collection featuring owls that are intricately formed from multiple tiny flowers, sitting on branches with lightly glittered leaves. The exquisite design comes on revertible cushions, room divider and wallpaper in three colorways. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Package Design: Morepork Sauce

Family owned Alderson’s is a boutique hot sauce company that creates unique and delicious sauces. Spasm Studio designed the label for the newest condiment in their range Alderson's Morepork BBQ Sauce that's made in New Zealand with the freshest sourced local ingredients and produce. 

Morepork's bottle features a beautiful illustration of an owl with yellow, glowing eyes perched on a branch that continues to the back with a story of the Morepork. The dark background makes the owl image in a lighter palette stand out. 

The sauce can be enjoyed with your favorite roasted vegetables and pizza, and anything else that needs a little kick. It's a great sauce for vegan, gluten free people who want a natural smoke flavor in their food.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy

There is a good chance that you have see Katie Daisy's work on one of your favorite blogs or websites. Oregon based illustrator Katie Daisy creates whimsical paintings inspired by simple pleasures of nature.

Her color palette is fun, and the quotes she uses in her work are very inspirational. Animals, birds and flowers are some of the recurring themes in her paintings. You can find prints, magnets and washi tape in her online store - The Wheatfield.

Her work featured on the cover of the book, Heart Thoughts A Treasury of Inner Wisdom by author Louise Hay and on Oprah’s show, Super Soul Sunday. She has worked in collaboration with Madison Park Greetings and Barnes & Noble.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Amazing Owl Window Display

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. One of my favorite things about holidays is decorations. I would spend hours looking at magazines, pictures from holiday home tours and window displays. While browsing online for all the wonderful holiday window decorations, I came across the fantastic owl window display designed by artist Chris Cole for Barneys New York holiday 2014 "Baz Dazzled" on Madison Avenue. I can't believe I missed it earlier but it's a wonderful piece to not feature here. 

The kinetic, steampunk inspired owl sculpture measures 6½ ft tall, named “Patterson” was the star of the 'Truth' window. Made of steel, aluminium and brass feathers, the owl could talk to the passers-by, rotate his head left and right and ruffle his wings. 

The whole process of building the giant snowy owl sculpture started with a sketch on paper (shown above). You can find more pictures of the owl in the making on the artist's website. More amazing kinetic sculptures can be seen here.