|The homage: a passenger pigeon armchair|
This upcycle and latest addition to my decor is part of the Sixth Extinction series (see Sixth Extinction Couture: Passenger Pigeons), which focuses on the fact that we are currently in the sixth and most devastating planet-wide species extinction in history, courtesy of homo sapiens. September 1 of this year marked the 100 year anniversary of the death of Martha, the last of the passenger pigeons, once the most abundant bird species on the planet. Turning a tattered old thrift store armchair into an homage to Martha seemed like the least one could do.
|The starting point: a $10 thrift store chair|
|Before: In use in its uninspired state|
|After: reborn (unlike the poor passenger pigeon)|
|Close-up, chair back|
|Close-up, chair arm|
|Before: chair side|
|Before: Chair back|
Materials: Remaindered upholstery fabric, downloaded vintage passenger pigeon portraits, iron-on transfer to scrap cotton.