A British artist has delicately painted birds onto a sequence of feathers.
Artist Hayley Bird, from Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, spends up to nine hours perfecting the pictures of birds onto the feathers.
After trying out her idea as a hobby, the 36-year-old artist has been blown away by orders in the past 12 months.
“A few years ago, I was mooching around craft shops on holiday in Cornwall and I spotted a wonderful Native Indian painting on feathers,” Hayley said.
“It looked absolutely amazing. The detail on such a small space was incredible and I thought I would love to try that.”
Since launching her own business, Birds on a Feather, from home, Hayley says her passion has helped her to focus during the lockdown.
For each design, Hayley uses two goose feathers placed together to create a perfect-sized canvas and has a trade secret for ensuring the paint sticks to the feathers.
“I have experimented with lots of natural surfaces, such as leaves and tree bark, but I have found feathers are the best,” she said. “I treat them first with my secret and then the paint doesn’t run. I paint with acrylics and it works really well.
“At first I would use various feathers that I found when out walking, but as my business grew, I now order goose feathers online.”
Hayley says she has been kept busy with a variety of commissions.
“I started off painting birds of prey, but I have received requests for pets too. Dogs are very popular and I’ve also painted horses, butterflies, and other varieties of birds,” she said.
Many fans send Hayley feathers from their beloved birds and she then paints their picture from a photo of their pet.
Each painting takes Hayley around nine hours in total and her portraits are sold for just 46 pounds (approx. US$64) each. Her work is displayed in an 8-by-6 box frame, and her price includes free postage.
Hayley shares her work on her Instagram page, @birdsonafeather.
“I can’t do people portraits, I tried but it really isn’t a talent of mine, but I really enjoy painting animals,” Hayley said.
“I like using pheasant feathers and I love to create things with recycled items. I love to be crafty.
“Painting is my little world and it makes me happy. I love that my paintings are making other people happy too.
“I had great feedback from my orders at Christmas. I love to receive videos and reactions when people receive them. I am really proud of my work and so excited to see my little business take off.”
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.