In crafting a bird I hope to inspire an awareness of birds, an awareness of nature. The species, size and pose of the bird is determined by the wire form I make with my fingers and needle-nose pliers. The armature is then covered with strips of paper dipped in glue to give the bird a skin. Colored papers and ephemera (sheet music, old letters, recipes) are glued to the skin, making the "feathers" that describe the bird's unique colors and markings.
Having birds in my feeders inspires me, having birds in my house makes me happy.