Here's a peak at a crafty little project I've been chipping away on just for fun. It's still a work in progress and these are just the first six in a collection of 18 or so that will be hung together on a big open wall in our home.
I've been so inspired by the beautiful work of Tamar Mogendorff, particularly this photo of her fabric bird houses and birds shown as a grouping. There's no shortage of paper around here, so when I saw a bunch of unfinished bird houses at the dollar store in the spring I knew just what I wanted to do.
The houses have been sitting around in a corner for a while and I kept thinking I needed some kind of overall plan of action before starting; a color scheme or some materials limitations; something. (perfectionism getting in the way of progress, really.)
However, with Paul and the girls gone for the weekend I just got started on one and then the next, and so on. Once again the truth is reinforced: getting started is half done. It's true in every case.
My thoughts on this project are clear. I'm not trying to re-create the subtle textile art of Ms. Mogendorff. I'm aware of the many differences here. Also, my versions are not for sale, merely for personal enjoyment and I'm happily crediting my source. Position covered.
I'm particularly liking the map print, book text and vintage ledger versions. Another 'something new' for me with this project is working with some of the really good Italian papers. Let me just say ... it makes all the difference; so buttery soft are they it's like working with fabric. A real tactile pleasure to be sure.
Here's one last shot with one of the unfinished houses to the right.
There are several more on the cutting mat now, so ... more to come soon and I'll share the entire grouping when I hang them on the wall as well.