Wild garden ; new line, new products

With the end of summer comes a new fall collection full of new designs and new products at birdmafia.com!

The Wild Garden collection is a tribute to nature's garden of the Pacific Northwest : the temperate rain forest. Rich with spongy green moss, sculpturesque displays of mushrooms, and a variety of ferns, vines, and leafy foliage that intertwine to cover and contrast the damp rich earth and bases of towering coniferous trees. 

Check out the full line here.
 

Inspiration  ::  All summer, as I was working and wishing I was out hiking, I kept going back to a memory of a rainy hike I took last winter. My husband and I followed a trail along a tempestuous river. The rain never let up and we didn't see another soul for miles. The trees swayed in the wind overhead and salamanders scurried across the trail. I was struck (for the millionth time) by the way the wet leaves seemed to almost glow against mud and trees darkened by the perpetual rainfall and the details of all the living parts of the forest foliage. Thinking of this day became a kind of meditation, while I printed, worked at the computer, and tried to survive the 100 degree days of July. And, I suppose somewhat unintentionally, this is what I was inspired to design.

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#SCRAPTHEWRAP I ALLBIRDS + BIRD MAFIA

Amidst a busy season, it was so much fun to take a day to put together this piece out of paper from my portfolio bag full of scrap paper for All Birds #scrapthewrap campaign. Their objective is to encourage people to decorate their gifts in a way that reuses materials instead of using new wrapping paper that will just become trash.

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Get inspired and share your creative gift decorating ideas!

Thanks! : Gifting Sale / Instagram Giveaway

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Today's corporate tradition drives the idea of buying anything and everything for the incredible deals and sales offered by corporate big box stores. We encourage all to instead shop local small businesses today, Small Business Saturday, and as often as possible - as shopping at small businesses helps diversify the marketplace away from huge cookie-cutter big box stores, supports real hard-working people (not CEO bonuses and shareholders), and offers real quality goods that will last made with eco-conscious production methods and fair payment/treatment of employees.

As a huge THANK YOU to those who have supported and helped grow our little business, we will be offering 25% off orders of $25+ sitewide (no codes/gimmicks.) Although, we would love if people took Black Friday back from being the circus it has become, we understand that there are family traditions, work schedules, and other considerations. With that in mind, the discount will be live today (11/24) and continue through Cyber Monday (11/28.)   

ON A LIGHTER NOTE : Give thanks and get a chance to win in our Instagram FRIENDSGIVING GIVEAWAY. Find us @birdmafia and the giveaway post, follow the simple directions, and enter to win a bird mafia sleeping fox plush, fox ornament, fox compact mirror, and pinback button.

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Paper Tigers -Episode 2, Papercutting

Check out Episode 2 of Paper Tigers on Facebook Watch. It's a fantastic and interesting look into my medium and my process. This was such an amazing experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity.

A special thanks to Kin Community, the creators of Paper Tigers, for their kindness, patience, and respect, And for this gorgeous video and this series for it's beautiful celebration of paper arts.

Holidays are coming

Wow, the holidays are almost here! This year has flown by. Don't let the stress build, we've been working hard to make it easier for you. We've updated birdmafia.com with you in mind:

  • New products to the website
  • Lower prices on art prints
  • Lower prices on pillows
  • Lower and more accurate shipping costs
  • Gift cards are now available

Get the gift planning done early, so you can get back to what the holidays are for - appreciating the ones you know and love. Here's to good gifts and good times!