When I was 5 years old, my mother, a wedding dressmaker, gave me an old broken tiara to play with. After leaving it outside, I watched as a magpie swooped down and stole it - that began a life long love affair with these mischievous ‘bad birds’
Bad Bird Craft is Claire McDowell, a wildlife artist, from the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland. Inspired on a daily basis by the stunning wildlife found on our coastline, rivers and woods, Claire believes that being in nature is one of the best things we can do for our wellbeing.
Bad Bird illustrations take up to 40 hours of finely detailed rendering, working mainly with colour pencils, and inks, and are based on beloved Irish wildlife. The sculptures are made from Merino, Lancashire and Shetland wool, or polymer clay and resin, and incorporate salvaged and vintage items to add a touch of magic.
“I know the joy of getting lost in creating art and I hope that my pieces bring you a little joy too! “