Charlotte Bird's Profile

About

Charlotte Bird is a renowned artist who specialises in creating beautiful fairy photographs. These are very popular with old and young alike.
She lives in Ballymena, in the Glenwherry valley Near Mount Slemish. with her Husband and she has two sons and two Grandchildren.

Charlotte's work has now become very collectable and her new series of Nursery Rhymes are proving very popular.

All Charlotte's work is printed and assembled by herself from her home in Ireland
Charlotte and her Husband Brian work together to bring you this beautiful product.
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Her work stemmed from a love of all things fairy, vintage, Victorian and also her love of the Pre-Rahealite's
She now has over 100 images to choose from…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 14
  • Joined June 4, 2009

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Photographs, Sepia, hand tints selctive colouring, and a splash of fairydust

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About

Charlotte Bird is a renowned artist who specialises in creating beautiful fairy photographs. These are very popular with old and young alike.
She lives in Ballymena, in the Glenwherry valley Near Mount Slemish. with her Husband and she has two sons and two Grandchildren.

Charlotte's work has now become very collectable and her new series of Nursery Rhymes are proving very popular.

All Charlotte's work is printed and assembled by herself from her home in Ireland
Charlotte and her Husband Brian work together to bring you this beautiful product.
.
Her work stemmed from a love of all things fairy, vintage, Victorian and also her love of the Pre-Rahealite's
She now has over 100 images to choose from.

More exciting products out soon.

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All About Charlotte and the prints on sale here...


I have included a drop down menu for every picture.
So you can choose either an Unmounted Print, a mounted print -
( These are both an overall size of 12"x 16" they are both hand signed by myself and the mounted version, has a hand written title rather than I printed one, as with the unmounted print. Both come with a backboard and are wrapped in a crystal clear bag, they also have an artists profile in the back.These would need to be framed. We can frame them for you if you like. Just click 'ASK A QUESTION in my etsy shop..if you would like a framed picture or a large stretched canvas. All my pictures are available on all products.)

The Plaques come in two sizes. 10" x 7" and 16" x 12".
The picture is heat pressed onto a cream painted plaque, which is then given a oil painted effect varnish. This protects the surface too and it can be wiped with a damp cloth. Both Plaques are ready to hang from a silk cord.
The plaques come with a certificate on the back, which is hand signed...both the title and signature by myself.
Happy Shopping
Love to all
Charlotte x

All Charlotte's prints carry the copyright embossed logo for authenticity.
Larger sizes and canvases on request.
Charlotte Bird copyright reserved by artist. Buyer is not purchasing the rights to the image. Any and all publishing and reproduction rights are reserved solely by the artist. This image is not to be re-distributed, copied, imitated, or misappropriated in any way. If you are in any way unsure of the legal rights retained by the artist following the sale of the work, or are purchasing this artwork with the intention of re-selling this work you must be aware of the Visual Artists Rights Act. Thank you!

***NOTE: The "Sample" copyright watermark is just for the scanned internet image. No text appears in the actual print.

Charlotte Bird Artists Profile

English fairy photographer Charlotte Bird revisited the Beck at Cottingley in West Yorkshire, England; nearly a century after the two cousins Elsie Wright and Francis Griffiths found and photographed (allegedly) fairies at the bottom of the garden. Charlotte’s stunning fairy photographs evoke imagery of the Edwardian and Victorian era; they touch the heart with their playfulness and innocence. Set against a backdrop of enchanting woodlands and streams, Cottingley beck has once again been brought to life by the spirit of the Fay...

Charlotte’s images re capture (with modern facilities) the early photographic fakery caught on camera by the cousins in 1917. Those famous early photographs were said to be genuine - completely fooling the experts of the time including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Kodak.
Charlotte made a trip to Cottingley in October 2005 and photographed the landscape in and around the beck for a series called ‘Tales from Cottingley’. Charlotte believes she saw a fairy while photographing at the beck, but at first mistook it for a butterfly, yet it was too large for a butterfly and too small for a bird and it had filmy wings. It hovered above for a while before fluttering off into the trees. Totally mesmerised she was too late to take a photograph.
Once the background scenes were photographed another photo shoot was carried out in local woods near her home, where children were dressed up and encouraged to use their imaginations and play freely, thus allowing the photographs to look more natural and less posed.
Once the photographic work is complete the artwork begins.
Backgrounds and subjects are magically merged; each finished picture could be made up from several photographs that may include small detail shots with lanterns, toadstools, story books etc, and many hours are spent before the finished picture emerges in all its glory.
Charlotte’s series entitled ‘Common house fairies’ depicts fairies at play and repose around the house, using everyday household items and toys as backdrops, giving the images a ‘timeless appeal.’
Charlotte was born in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England, in 1958 where
the family were stationed - her Father was in the R.A.F.
Charlotte’s father often read fairy stories and poetry to her before bed and it is to these that she owes her love of the little folk. The family left Suffolk when Charlotte was five, and came to live in Wallasey, near Liverpool, where she still resides, with her husband Brian.
Charlotte started photography at the age of seven, her father was a keen photographer and printer – and had a darkroom in the cellar of the house.
Although Charlotte had dabbled in photography in her early years, it wasn’t until her two children had grown up that she took it up seriously. Attending the local college - Charlotte finished with a Diploma in photography, qualifying with seven distinctions.
Enchanted by the work of the mid Victorian’s, especially fairies and the Pre-Raphaelites - whose influence helped Charlotte to develop a unique style.
Charlotte’s awareness that fact and fantasy could co-exist became the very heart of her photographic work and may also explain its illustrative nature. In particular, her fairy studies form a mutual and loving game of private dreams, played out among, woodland, secret gardens and beautiful houses.

Charlotte also licenses her images for many beautiful products. These can be found international in many retail shops and art galleries.
See Charlotte’s Amazon uk site and web site on the links below. Cut and paste.



If you are interested in the Cottingley Fairies Read this

A day I will never forget

Charlotte Bird meets Christine Lynch ‘Francis Griffiths’ daughter

“Despite being apparently discredited Cottingley has never ceased to affect and inspire us in our age of reason. There are aspects to the story that tell us so much, not just about the period in which the fairies made their appearance, but about themselves as inquisitive beings, trying to understand and be reconciled with our place among the worlds seen and unseen. Francis’s account in this new book is the only true account of what actually happened at Cottingley and reveals ‘The true Coming of the fairies’ ”

Above is a quote from ‘Reflections of Cottingley’ forward by Patrick Fitzsymons

The rest of the book is ‘as told’ by Francis Griffiths’ in her own words
Finally released by her daughter Christine

My Big Day … 3rd Ocober 2010

The time is 11am the location the beautiful interiors studio of Gillian Shaw in the mountains overlooking County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
A car arrives and we rush out. This is the moment I have been waiting for, ever since I
went to Cottingley in 2005 and later discovered after watching the Antiques Road Show, that Francis Griffith’s daughter was alive and well and living in Ireland. Now Christine was coming to meet me at an exhibition of my fairy photographs at the studio.

She reached into the back of her car and pulled out a package and folder. Smiling she came towards us holding the original camera that had taken the photographs way back in 1917… almost like it was the most natural thing!!. I actually got to hold it and could not quite believe what was happening. Then the photographs were revealed alongside the camera. I touched the first one gently, fearing it may crumble before my eyes. More original photographs followed, each more awe-inspiring that the one before. It was a dream comes true. We chatted for a long time and I discovered things that were more than mere chance, but that’s for another story.



A note about custom portraits

Charlotte can add your pet or Child to one of her pictures.
once the artwork is done the following prices apply for your chosen product with your picture on.
The art work is around £60 for one child/pet £80 for two ( in the same picture)
Ok here is a breakdown of what you can have your picture on.
Large Plaque. These are an oil painted effect plaque ready to hand in two sizes, they have a cram border and hang from a voile bow. No need to frame these, they are UV protected.
They come with a hand signed and titled certificate on the back
12"x16" approx £25
8" x 12" approx £16
Standard matted/Mounted print hand signed and titled £21
Unmatted/mounted print with title and signature on border £16
( the picture size on this one is bigger than the matted print,)
Large Matted/Mounted print 20x16" £28.
All the matted and unmatted prints would have to be framed.
Large stertched canvas A1 - thats 32x22" £74
A2 Thats 16x22 £62
Cards £2 each
Postage costs on larger items can be quite high if you live overseas... I am in the UK


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