This sassy little dandy doesn’t have a name yet but he’s the manifestation of what happens when I ask myself, “if my client were a fox, what would she look like?”
Another commission for Kiki Hughes, one of my fave rave patrons, I was given carte blanche basically,with this piece. The parameters I was asked to work within were that it had to be a fox, posed luxuriously with some flair.
It took almost 8 months to source the right specimen while staying within the ethical boundaries I have set for myself and my practice, but I think this piece was worth the wait. More important, my client did as well- in spades. She was simply over the moon with joy upon finally meeting her little dandy, and looks forward to incorporating him into he shop window displays. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, by all means take a stroll down 21st street (259 21st street to be exact) and say hello to Kiki and her fox!
Recently one of my favorite clients commissioned me to create several custom pieces for her, one of which being two pairs of talon hair sticks: one for her and the second pair as a birthday gift for one of my other favorite clients. These two gals are so fun to design for because they just tell me what they want and let me go. They trust me, and enjoy what I create. It inspires confidence when people have faith in me.
One set is crafted from a pair of feet formerly belonging to the black rooster I skinned a while back to make a hat out of. I just remembered I need to photograph the hat; it’s really quite smashing. Anyway, the spurs on this cock’s legs are a force to be reckoned with and I got such a good energy from this specimen that I really wanted to use it for this project.
The foot itself is mounted on a stick I sharpened and textured myself, and accentuated with rabbit fur and feathers of peacock and rooster. The talons themselves are treated to a glossy pearlescent coat of color.
The second pair is slightly larger in size; I used pheasant feet and from there it’s basically la meme chose as the first pair.
I used repurposed mink fur with pheasant feathers this time around.
And that’s that. I’m eager to see how they look on the ladies as they both are quite striking women with full heads of thick black hair.
As usual, thanks to Jim Coughlin for taking such consistently awesome photos of my work.
Here are some items I recently added to my etsy shop, for all the tween-witch kids:
I don’t want to alienate though, they’re actually for anyone who would want to wear a bird talon. This includes me and it could include you but it may not include your roommate or your cousin. I wind of separating the feet from most birds I skin because, at this time, bird feet aren’t all that palatable for the budding fashionista so I just use the wings/pelt and save the feet and heads for my own purposes. And that’s fine with me. How boring would the world be if we all wore the same thing?
But for those of you who ARE into this symbol of strength and beauty with a dash of menace, what a great little trinket you can add to your wardrobe for barely any monies at all. Customize it with your birthstone or any other kind of crystal, tie it up in your hair ,hang it from your phone, whatever your icy little heart desires.
OK, this is too sales pitchy. Just check it out, OK? I think they make great gifts…(too early for Christmas ornaments?) starting at under $20 a pop.