Finally made all 10 Paper & Wood hummingbird sculptures!

I have just completed cutting and gluing all of the paper feathers for my latest large piece, 'The Hummingbird tree'. All 10 species below have been hand carved out of wood before each and every feather has been cut out and feathered with my trusty pair of scissors, (you can see them in one of the pics below).

 This little guy will be a Violet crowned woodnymph once painted.

This little guy will be a Violet crowned woodnymph once painted.

 Some iridescent blue paint will make this one into a violet crowned hummingbird.

Some iridescent blue paint will make this one into a violet crowned hummingbird.

 Tiny Ruby Topaz hummingbird sculpture.

Tiny Ruby Topaz hummingbird sculpture.

 The beautiful Violet ear hummingbird.   

The beautiful Violet ear hummingbird.

 

 The stunning Anna's hummingbird here, can't wait to add all the iridescent paints to this one.

The stunning Anna's hummingbird here, can't wait to add all the iridescent paints to this one.

 Beautiful bright paints will make this guy a velvet purple coronet.

Beautiful bright paints will make this guy a velvet purple coronet.

 Lovely bright orange paper for this little Rufous Hummingbird sculpture.

Lovely bright orange paper for this little Rufous Hummingbird sculpture.

 Violet Sabre wing, one of the largest species of Hummingbird.

Violet Sabre wing, one of the largest species of Hummingbird.

 One of the smallest species of hummingbird is this one, The Snow capped.

One of the smallest species of hummingbird is this one, The Snow capped.

 Las but not least, The White necked Jacobin.

Las but not least, The White necked Jacobin.

The next step for all of these little hummingbird sculptures is to paint them in lovely bright acrylic paints and attempt to make them look life-like. I do use some lovely iridescent acrylic paints for a lovely shimmer to the feathers just like real hummingbirds have. To achieve this I use Pebeo Studio acrylics, High viscosity paints, they come in some awesome colours and really do add a another level to the paper feathers.

Keep an eye out for them being painted on my instagram, I will be doing some videos of work in progress as well as some mini tutorials on my processes too. See you there guys!

WE WON!! RIBA Regent street windows competition 2018

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Our RIBA Regent street windows competition entry won the people's choice award!!! Still can't believe it! Thank you so much to everyone who voted! Working on this with the super talented Thomas-McBrien architects we collaborated with Jo Malone London to turn their Regent street store into a handmade paper secret garden.

 The design we created for Jo Malone London's main window display on Regent street, London.

The design we created for Jo Malone London's main window display on Regent street, London.

Created from 100,000 paper elements we turned the store into a secret escape from the city, the outside view enticing you to come in and lose yourself in the flowers and scents of Jo Malone London. Handmade paper Roses, Jasmine, Wisteria along with a hand made tree full of Paper blossom flowers and fruits filled the store, but that's not all, there were paper butterflies, dragonflies and ladybirds and of course some paper birds!

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The whole design and make of this epic install took us just 8 weeks, we had an amazing team of people working on this and the guys we worked with from Jo Malone London were a dream to work with too. Thank you to everyone involved, really couldn't have done this without you X.

The Barbour campaign is live!

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Head over to Barbour's blog page to find photos of a campaign we worked together on for their new range of lightweight wax jackets. There is also an interview where I go into details of why I do what I do. Link here: https://www.barbour.com/blog/lightweight-4oz-wax-zack-mclaughlin

Working on an exciting campaign with Babour jackets!

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Roughs for a new campaign for Barbour's lightweight SS18 range of jackets.

I'm extremely excited to share with you guys that I have been working on a new campaign with Barbour jackets for their latest range of lightweight wax jackets! A nice open brief in which they wanted me to create a sculpture that symbolises lightweight whilst using their new lightweight wax material within it. I was given a week to produce the piece in which time a time lapse camera was set up in my studio to capture the design and build process.

So I obviously went for birds in my design! But I was drawn to starlings as the colouring of them was really suited to the wax material colours. Also, the week before I had been down to Teignmouth in Devon and whilst sitting having a coffee on the front a beautiful murmuration of starlings started up and I was mesmerised! This sparked the design above, a murmuration of starlings that from one direction resembled the shape of a Barbour jacket. This proved far too ambitious to produce in a week, but I did produce something along the same lines..... More soon!

For more info and details on the jackets head here: https://www.barbour.com/blog/lightweight-4oz-wax-campaign

Paper bird making workshop

Had such a fun day making paper birds this Saturday! Just have a look through this gallery to see how well everyone did! Each started with just paper, scissors and my bird making kit and all made their own little Hummingbird or Barn owl. Each one turned out so differently with their own colour patterns and quirks.

I love teaching these workshops as they give me the chance to meet some really lovely people and pass on my paper crafting skills to them, so rewarding to see them leave with their own little creations and new found skills.

If you would like to have a go and come along to one of these workshops please have a look here to find out more details and dates: https://www.paperandwood.co.uk/workshops/

Weekend workshop at Heals.

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Copper wire Wren sculpture.

Had a lovely workshop for 27 people on Saturday at the beautiful Heal's furniture store on Tottenham court road. Everyone who attended either made a Hare, Robin, Sparrow or Wren, (as pictured) from 0.9 and 0.5mm craft wires.

The process takes around 2-3 hours to make one sculpture and can get quite fiddly, but nobody leaves until they have finished their little creations and they stand proudly all on their own.

I love running these workshops as I get to meet such a lovely people and get to see them create something they are truly proud of.

 

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To book a place or just to see what workshops I have coming up, head over to the workshops page listed on the drop down menu. Or just click here: www.paperandwood.co.uk/workshops/

Look forward to seeing you there!