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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day from Feather5

Wow, the 4th of July.

What a spectacular experiment America has been. There have been some proud moments and some not so proud. Bottom line, you have to wonder how long we can expect this show to run.

On behalf of  my fellows , I want to apologize for our regressive approach. It is exciting to live in the knowledge age and to watch science expand our horizons. Yet the US is a country filled with fools. We once were leaders in education of our children. Now the people want someone else to pay their own way.

The sense of community and fellowship we used to enjoy has passed with the passing of god and religion. Were they somehow connected?

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

How Many Gardens?

We are very lucky to be alive. Whether your beliefs embrace a God or science, there can be little disagreement. Life is wondrous. I am devoted to protecting birds. That is why I recycle feathers. There are other concerns. Take flowers. A pot filled with lantana will attract butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and these will propagate, filling the food chain with promise.

The firecracker plant is starting to bloom. I'll share it here when it's in full display. We only started gardening this summer. School, starting a business, were taking over life and we decided having a garden was just a necessary spiritual undertaking. Building a garden is actually a lot like building a new business. First there is chaos.

When we're asked why we live in the desert, we consider the beauty that is here. In the photo above you can see the moon on the left in the distance. Cuttings from succulents progress on the terrace wall and the last of the daybirds graze.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Feather Rishi is Coming Closer

Ross Padilla has a good eye. He captures a pattern with precision. It's not easy getting nature to perform its little tricks giving us eye candy to enjoy and explore. That's what I first thought of feathers when I looked at them. I couldn't believe the variety of expression within a single species. Their feathers look almost alike, but then like snowflakes you begin to see they are each special, unique and different from all the others.

Reticulation in snake scales is quite a bit like the layering effect you get with feathers. I've written before that the ancient Egyptians gave me a focus on feathers. In their funerary art, they would represent layers of feathers overlapping like the scales in the image above.
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A molted feather you see above is a unique artifact. The Nikon captured image, more than a megabyte of information, was shed on the floor one fine afternoon. The Lacy Wyandotte donor was oblivious in the transaction which is the goal. Why should the chicken need to know? The feather rishi artist will take the plume and carefully clean it, inspecting it for flaws or imperfections that cannot be solved by the artist's bag of wizardry. Check the feather to the best of your ability to see if it's a protected species. It's sometimes hard to tell. Eagle can look very like turkey, for instance. 

I've been away much of this year. You may know I am a full-time college student pursuing a masters in Art History. I take classes online and in institutions around San Diego, California. Building a new business while enrolled in college there is much to master. I wanted you to see one of my recent scarf creations: This is not an attempt to show a model shot, just an information picture with my friend Angie.

I've chosen birds as my cause to cherish. There are so many causes, so much to cherish.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Life's Work

My Upside Down Life

Not everyone has as much to be grateful for as me. That knowledge deeply moves me. I got to enjoy a childhood in Alaska, for instance. Back then oil was suspected but not yet discovered. I learned to drive before I was a teenager and ran circles in the ice with heavy equipment. I would plow into snow-banks that were taller than me. I credit my parents for having the vision to take my late brother and me to the wide open spaces under the northern lights.

Mom was a serial spouse collector. I won't judge her. You can see why she was successful:
I followed her to Las Vegas as a teen, but chose at fifteen to live alone. It wasn't much of a stretch. Although I was in high school, the hotels in Vegas provided a handy income to a service assistant in luxurious restaurants that catered to gamblers in the casinos. Alright, full disclosure. I was a busboy at several establishments. However my greatest achievement in food service was that I was made the Coffee Boy at the Tropicana's Patio Room. That tray I carried with silver pots was very heavy. I lied to all my customers. Why not? They usually had a stack of chips in front of them and I ain't talking potato here. I told them I was supporting Mom while working my way through college. It was quite unusual if I couldn't receive a $5 chip for my inventions. It was easy money.

But I didn't really go to college back then. Instead, I'm in college now! That is why the law permits me to use the photos of others in my student projects. This blog is a student project too. At ASU I major in entrepreneurship and Graphic Information Technology, my two favorites. I have a long road to travel to reach my masters degree; today I tell the truth about who I am and what I am doing. My life's mission has become a dedication to avian life. Explore this on other blogs in this thread or elsewhere in my links.

to be continued
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Year

Feather Rishi has come a long way!

I want to thank everyone who has helped me introduce an ecological method of gathering feathers for art. We are protecting birds while sharing their beauty on every surface you can imagine. When I first started noodling with molted feathers it was for art projects and I never dreamed it would open doors for me. My professors said, "Hey, that's interesting!" And I wondered if they were just indulging.

Today I am meeting with owners of apparel stores, production managers, mentors, investors and the process is just barely beginning to be recognized as a viable way to express art. My ambitions aside, I am happy for the birds and hope that some day people everywhere will value them as the sensitive, intelligent and loving creatures they are.

At last avian rescue organizations are taking me seriously and offering me their molted feathers. Some day, zoos, conservatories and perhaps even Native Americans will lend me use of their rare protected specimens for photographic preservation.

Please come to Feather Rishi. Please share it with your friends. Some day soon I hope to have a book and teach classes in the technique. Everyone can learn to do this.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Feather Rishi

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 December 2015

Red Bird on White Firs

A portion of all profits goes to avian rescues and benefits.

The calendar season is upon us. I hope you are intrigued by this image. It's all feather art, even the sky. That little red bird is hopefully a symbol of the coming summer when everything is in bloom and possible. It's been exciting seeing people grow in their awareness of the threats birds face. Acquaintances are more and more conscious of where they got a feather. They now start to ask if a bird was harmed.

My goal in choosing feathers is to festoon every surface with a new kind of color and paint. Photography and digital tools make this possible.

Feathers dance on the canvas in shimmering shapes and impossible hues. 

Happy Thanksgiving
Wishing you and the ones you love a beautiful holiday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BeFeathered Has a New YouTube Video

Lewis Mark Grimes at his desk
I just completed a video I want to share with you

Making this video was hard. I guess most people who make videos have these complaints, but here's my saga, all the same. I had hopes of using my iPad Air to make a video until the grant committee chairman told me it had to be close to seven minutes long. The iPad takes lovely but short videos and it didn't seem conducive. A friend had a camera she was willing to loan me. It sounded like a good idea but when I got the device it was twenty years old and had no way to transfer to a computer. I thanked her and returned it. I had recently bought a Cube from Polaroid, but I truly have a hard time taking it seriously. It operates entirely from one button. Well, anyway, it perches on my desk lamp looking exactly like a spy cam.

I decided to order a new camera with some of the money the first stage of the grant had advanced me. Logitech called it the C920 and when Amazon shipped it, I was grateful it looked simple, plug and play, etc. I had to download Adobe Premiere Pro from my Cloud subscription. I have a laptop so I serendipitously downloaded to both that and my desk PC. I also have an iMac I've been using to fabricate my art images. I made an animation last year on it and it worked out pretty well, so I made the unfortunate decision to shoot my video on my laptop and simply move the files to the iMac with a flash drive. Ulp.

The video looked fine. See the photo above? That's a selfie I shot with the same setup. I put the videos on the iMac and they immediately pixelated or something strange and they looked godawful. I was vexed and running out of time. I decided to take the still slides from my slide deck which was my original production and all I thought I needed. I would excerpt stills from the videos of myself as a talking head, cut it all together into a brilliant video and voila.

Unfortunately...I hated the results. It was static and boring. I was desperate. It was the 11th hour and I thought I had a lemon from Logitech. I called their tech support which wasn't easy but I did get through. Susan listened to my dilemma and then she said, " you moved the video footage to a Mac, you say?"
"Well there's your problem. This camera is only compatible with the PC Platform of Windows.

I despaired. But finally I understood what had been holding me up for days. I highly recommend the C920 but not if you're a Mac user. I cut the film on my desktop and I hope you like the results on the link below the photo of me.

Things are evolving and I expect to have more news soon. Please save feathers to save birds.

I hope as you think of Christmas, you will think of Feather Rishi, BeFeathered and visit my shops and web sites.

Thank you and happy holidays.

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