Feather Bird Pictures
Mexican Folk Art - Feather Bird Pictures
Why do we collect feather bird pictures? We are a family of collectors. Somehow just having one of something doesn't feel right to us. We aren't happy until we have another item to keep it company, then another and before we even know what is happening, we have a collection.
In the case of the Mexican feather birds, it all started back in the 1940s. My grandparents took a trip to Mexico and returned with a souvenir of two feather bird pictures. My grandfather framed them in Kansas cedar frames and hung them on the wall. When my grandparents died, the pair of feather bird pictures came to my mother.
She hung them on the wall and people admired them. She found a few more at yard sales and made a grouping on the wall. Soon everyone in the family was keeping an eye out for Mexican feather bird pictures. They made great birthday and Christmas gifts for our mother. As you can see from the photo further down on the page, her collection expanded to fill a whole wall in the dining room.
(photo from vallain's family album)
Basics of Feather Bird Pictures
The pictures come from Mexico where they are handmade. The feathers are glued onto the background to form a bird figure.
Painted brushstrokes add details like a branch and leaves around the bird. Paint is also used to add the bird's legs, feet and beak.
(photo by vallain)
Feathers Featured in a Traditional Aztec Dance - Watch this video to see the dance.
Learn about Mexican Folk Art with This Book
Amply illustrated with photos, this makes a great reference for Mexican folk art.
Gail Martin with her Mexican feather bird pictures
How to Collect Feather Bird Pictures
One wonders if the birds in Mexico are as colorful as the artist's work? Take a look at this selection of birds of Mexico and you will see that they are quite showy.
- Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Birds of a Feather Flock Together - Writer: Gail Lee Martin. Gail tells about her feather bird pictures and why she collects them.
More of My Mother's Collection - Photos from the Martin Family Album
Description That Is on the Back of Some Feather Bird Pictures
- Latin American, Mexican Feathercraft | eBay
The Story of Mexican Feathercraft - Even before the Spaniards conquered Mexico in 1521, feathercraft was already an ancient art. The Tarascan Indians of Michoacan made hummingbird feather capes for their...
Note the Carved Frame - on This Feather Bird Picture
The frames can be quite ornate with carved designs. The designs were also sold without frames. My grandfather made the frames for the two pictures that started my mother's collection.
Tips for Selling Collections and Antiques
How to Set the Price and to Sell a Collection of Feather Bird Pictures
- Reader asks about selling Mexican feather art | Auction Finds
I try to guide readers to resources for them to determine the value of their items. Today’s question is about a collection of Mexican feather bird pictures.
What is your feather bird picture worth? Check the eBay auctions to see the going price for these.
© 2010 Virginia Allain