Painted feathers originated in Native American culture as a form of decoration and expression. In the 19th Century, Copper traders from Britain rounding Cape Horn learnt the craft and used it on long sea journeys to pass the time and, like scrimshaw artists on the whalers, make trinkets for their loved ones back home.
It's a lengthy and painstaking process and, in the UK, only a handful of artists create these pieces. Possibly the lengthy process has contributed to this also. I use only feathers that come from natural moult or reputable sources.
See something you like? Please contact me to commission a feather or enquire about available designs.