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Saturday, November 30, 2013

FASHION: Miracle of the Internet


I am a new artist, testing the waters, learning the ropes, as I fumble my way in pursuit of commerce, funding and artistic acceptance. I feel like a baby chick just cracking my shell, pipping and peeping and peering out into the wide, brightly lit world from my safe enclosure. I've spent a year searching for opportunities before I decided to start my own online stores.

I have several new stores, open less than a month. You can purchase my first macro view fabrics on Spoonflower.com. You can buy notions and postage on Zazzle.com. You can get feather rishi posters and framed prints from Fine Art America.



But, perhaps the shop of which I'm most proud is The Feathered Om. This store broke the barrier for me as I moved into iconography and made three different renditions of the magnificent Om symbol. This morning I learned far away from my home, a person in Marseilles is waiting for her fleece hoodie.It was a thrill for me to have a client in France who recognized and affirmed my art.

I'm proud of each store for many different reasons. They show a range of ideas and imagination as they exhibit the versatility of feather rishi, a new arrival on the playing field of paint, texture, color and fashion. When my professors saw the technique showing up in my design classes, they encouraged me to get out and look for opportunities. I'm still in school, so this is a rare instance. I went to school to learn something new I could do and it turned out, I actually could do something new.

Copyright 2013 Lewis Mark Grimes



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for what my doctors have done for me this year. It was a year with dramatic medicine and yet I am back at exercise. Mostly I swim at a public pool. Well maintained and consistent, the pool and I are trying to age as gracefully as possible. I couldn't ask for more energy. Rising early and retiring late, nothing pleases me more than having a new feather rishi to show you.
Turkey feathers used in my work are recycled. The picture above is peacock and golden pheasant hen. They are also the molted feathers of companion birds. Game birds are wonderful pets and I've even enjoyed them living outside of pens in the yard. Unfortunately it does not take the hawks long to discover a smorgasbord like that so you find out how to keep them safe. They would not live long in the wild, with rare exceptions. In aviaries game birds have been known to live for decades.
I'm into yoga and meditation. It took me a couple years to get up the courage to make my own Om symbols. I've made three of them.

There is so much I am thankful for that starting a new year will be exciting. 2014! I am impressed. I hope you will share feather rishi with your friends. Feathers! It's all feather art.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Starring Feathers, The Girl's True Best Friend

Pictured below is Senorita, a tribute to Spanish fashion but with my own twist. Everything seen is composed of feathers, right down to the border and background.

That is not just "feathers" but macro-photography of the molted feathers of my companion birds. The green basis of my technique is described in this blog and elsewhere.

My business plan for a start-up feather rishi art venture is growing. Growing in length and words that hopefully will support my ideas for populating the surfaces of the planet with feather images. The colors and patterns they offer are exquisite and, when compared with paint for instance as a surface coloring agent, they are more, so much more. I am finding new uses for them all the time.

Recently I placed a new collection of fat quarters on Spoonflower.com. They are bold, macro-prints of single feathers. The glimpse they afford into the splendors of individual feathers is compelling and unique.  I am reaching out to quilters whose initial reactions have been promising.
This holiday season I have featured white peacock snowflakes in a shop named Feather Collector also on Zazzle.com. The white peafowl were special companions and their feathers will be immortalized in feather rishi. You can get them on sale! in art prints at Fine Art America. The smallest print is 10"x10" although the cards from Zazzle, a bit smaller, have also been praised by collectors. If you want, you can also get matching postage!

Please let me hear from you. Email me. I always want to hear from people interested in feather rishi. I can design to order. Soon I hope to have quilt patterns and more fabrics.

Please visit The Feathered Om

Copyright 2013 Lewis Mark Grimes