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About

My little shop: http://www.purtybird.etsy.com

I started making paper-mache birds (what PurtyBird was about originally) back in grad school when I wanted to give my mother a cute ceramic pig that I had seen in a gift shop window but couldn't afford to buy. I decided to try making her a rough equivalent from paper-mache. In the process I created a veritable barnyard of pigs and other potential animals. One of the non-pig-like body forms resembled a bird if I held it the right way. So I gave it a beak, and encouraged by the result, I added wings and a tail. I painted it as I had my mother's pig, covered with flowers. The result made me laugh so I made another, and another, and another.... And the rest, as they say, is history.

In my other life I teach sociology.

  • Female
  • Born on October 22
  • Joined February 6, 2009

Favorite materials

newspapers, magazines, catalogs, white glue, wheat paste, acrylic paint, glass tiles, scrabble tiles, mod podge, digital images, 3d crystal lacquer, eco felt, embroidery floss

Shop

About

My little shop: http://www.purtybird.etsy.com

I started making paper-mache birds (what PurtyBird was about originally) back in grad school when I wanted to give my mother a cute ceramic pig that I had seen in a gift shop window but couldn't afford to buy. I decided to try making her a rough equivalent from paper-mache. In the process I created a veritable barnyard of pigs and other potential animals. One of the non-pig-like body forms resembled a bird if I held it the right way. So I gave it a beak, and encouraged by the result, I added wings and a tail. I painted it as I had my mother's pig, covered with flowers. The result made me laugh so I made another, and another, and another.... And the rest, as they say, is history.

In my other life I teach sociology.

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