Monday, October 03, 2011

Whimsical Fiber Birds from Mary Katz

Isn't this little fellow sweet? He was my favorite in a show full of favorites. Mary Katz's exhibit, Whimsical Nature: Fiber Birds is on display at the University of Michigan's Taubman Health Center through October 10.

I met Mary last fall at the Renegade Craft Show in Chicago. We were neighbors and I fell in love with her beautifully crafted birds made from recycled thrift store finds. She is also a kind, kind soul. I especially love the pieces made from what appears to be suiting material—tweeds and herringbone and the like—such as the killdeer above. Each bird or set of birds is thoughtfully displayed with natural elements—perched on a branch, or marching across a crosscut slice of log.

The show is little bit hard to find, but well worth the hunt. It's open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, so there's plenty of time to take peak. You can also view more of Mary's work in her Etsy shop, Mary's Flora Fauna.