Kate MccGwire on making sculptures from feathers

This interview is published in Ideas Magazine 

EVACUATE by Kate MccGwire

EVACUATE by Kate MccGwire

What are feathers like to work with as a medium?

There are certainly drawbacks. They are fragile. If I don’t wrap a piece correctly, or if someone were to ruffle the feathers, it can take time to mend them. Usually this can be done with stroking and preening, but occasionally a section of feathers may have to be replaced. That means they’re actually fairly forgiving as but it does involve quite a bit of time and normally with an installation that can be limited.

How do you choose which type of feathers to use?

I’m interested in the beauty of overlooked or disliked birds like the mallard, magpie and crow. I want you to re-examine your prejudices and look at the creatures afresh.  Continue reading

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