Ann Wood – A little birdie told me

22 May

There is nothing quite like hand made and even better is when that creative sole shares a few of their secrets and ideas for you to try your hand at some fab projects all by your little self…. or heaven forbid to while away the school holidays with the kids if you can prize away their ipod playing One Direction on repeat….

One such creative sharing sole is New Yorker Ann Wood who makes things, paints stuff, and draws for her “life and livelihood”.  Another champion of the upcycle, Ann works with mostly found, and salvaged materials, many of them vintage or antique garments.

 “Much of my inspiration comes from these materials as well as from many of the ideas I have been infatuated with my whole life : smallness, intricacies, miniaturization, collections, repetition; lost or abandoned things discovered and rescued; the idea of haunted and enchanted places, things and creatures; the setting of a tiny stage.” 

Sail Boats and Shipwrecks

custom color boat the genevieve ever after

Your little sailboat will be handmade from recycled cardboard (mostly cereal boxes) or paper mache, vintage buttons, vintage and contemporary fabrics and piloted by a single merry wobbler or sea faring owl, other wise known as a “Gentleman Sailor”.


Owls and Birds

nestor skimpole forlorn owl

All dressed up and no place to go maybe. Handmade from a variety of vintage and antique garments. They have vintage button eyes and are stuffed with organic wool.  They do look a little sad and in need of a good home.

spring adventure


My favourite has to be the character filled birds above an the bat below… how about you?

grey bat

Now it is your turn…..

Are you feeling creative, well Ann shares some of her secrets on her blog, and gives step by step guides to help you create your own little master pieces.  From tea cups to stampeding horses, I am sure you will find something to take your creative fancy …… If you do make let me know how you get on ( just click on the title and follow the instructions).

Tea Cups


Stampeding Horses



What better way to make use of your cereal boxes…..

 On with the colourful journey…………….


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6 responses to “Ann Wood – A little birdie told me

  1. EverydaySparks

    May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Love, love, love those owls! Can just imagine their ‘old man’ personalities, BCD – so clever. And the birds are very cute. And the bat is fab. Ok, ok, I love them all! 😉

    • birdcagedesign

      May 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I know it is very hard to choose!!! They are all fab….. need to get them all!!! 🙂

  2. This Sydney Life

    May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Where do all these incredibly talented people come from AND why can’t I come up with JUST one seriously cool thing???

    • birdcagedesign

      May 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I ask myself that everyday!!! But hey look I want first dibs to blog on you when you complete for crochet masterpiece…. I have faith TSL 🙂

  3. Arsonette Artworks

    May 28, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I particularly love the tea cups and owls! I know an artist who makes very similar objects (I now feel quite inspired to make them my next Feature Artist Friday) I just love this style of stuff! I wish I could create like this!

    • birdcagedesign

      May 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

      They are fun! There is a how too on the blog for the tea cups so maybe you could have a go as part of your feature. Would be great to see how you go! 🙂


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