Last month I hopped the train up to Shoreditch for illustrator and artist Zack Mclaughlin’s Birdman workshop.
When Zack started making birds, with a metal structure and layers of paper feathers, he thought the wire skeleton looked so beautiful on its own he began to make and sell them as they were.
I arrived horribly late to the workshop (damn you TFL!) and so actually missed the introduction and instructions. I was all ready to wing it (HA. Get it?), but Zack kindly popped over to give me a quick run down.
The workshop was held in Jimboart’s shop and I think there were about eight people in the class. We had three bird templates to choose from, and a whole lot of lovely, colourful wire to use.
I chose the wren and went for natural-ish colours of brown and gold, but was later quite jealous of some gorgeous pink and purple tail feathers on another gal’s bird.
It’s quite fiddly work, but very satisfying. I did prick my finger once or twice (or thrice), as cutting the wire and then working the ends around can get a bit sharp! But when you see your bird taking shape it’s all worth it.
Look at that! It actually looks like a bird!
The much better, black one is Zack’s. In case you weren’t sure.
The workshop was two hours (enough time to make one bird) and cost £14 via The Indytute, with all tools and materials (and wine and crisps) included. There is another workshop on April 21st and I thoroughly recommend it.
Or if you can’t make it to a workshop, you can buy a wire bird (and see the incredible, intricate sculptures Zack has made) from the man himself in Zack’s Etsy shop.
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