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(Music by Eric Beug, animation by JuliaPott)
I have met a few cockatoos in my day, but on this day, in early June, I met Sunny and FlaxMan, two Umbrella Cockatoos who help run wildpen, an Etsy shop where they sell handmade (er… beak- and talon-made) gifts. Unfortunately, Hope, a Moluccan Cockatoo was out during the shoot, but she’s the third of three cockatoos that make up wildpen.
Sunny likes green sea glass. With her expert vision, and ability to see a 4th color channel, she can spot tiny pieces of glass darting about in the surf from a ways down the beach.
FlaxMan is mostly into a rock and roll lifestyle, but he takes breaks to work on wildpen. It helps to have a little Ani Difranco, Howling Wolf or PJ Harvey on the stereo to jumpstart his creative genius.
Hope is really into the mud masks. She loves mixing and testing personal batches on her feet. Since she couldn’t be in the video, we’ll indulge in one of her favorites:
By wildpen, $11.95.
Okay, so there is a fair share of (2) human hands involved, but if you buy from this shop, you can bet that a couple of rare birds had something to do with it.
I say rare, but Kate Haley, the birds’ human assistant, informed me during the shoot that thousands of domestic parrots or varieties thereof find themselves without homes each year. Sunny, FlaxMan and Hope were all fortunate enough to by rescued by Kate and her husband who brought the birds into their home — a home that allows them to freely express themselves artistically. At the time this video was shot, the birds were donating a percentage of their earnings to charity and spending the rest on personal pleasures. Since the shooting of this video, Kate, Sunny, FlaxMan, and Hope have decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from wildpen to the shopper’s choice of one of two bird sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, to help ensure that more birds like those of wildpen have a safe and fulfilling life.
I suspect that some lucky shopper will walk (or flap) away with the collectible piece that Sunny found and FlaxMan chose for a wrap in this Process Video Feature:
By wildpen, $22.
Check out some of the other treasures that wildpen has to offer.
|Copper, quartz bead and seaglass pendant|
By wildpen, $20.
By wildpen, $17.
By wildpen, $18.
By wildpen, $20.
Some enthused cockatoos!
| Umbrella Cockatoo A Scrabble Tile Pendant
By thegildedlily, $6.95.
By wistfulfancy, $25.
By carlascreatures, $12.
By ellenmorrowarts, $5.
Even if you don’t live near the water, you can still gaze into the mist of the foggy, rust-covered, mossy piers, like the one just outside of wildpen’s beachfront studio.
By schugirl, $20.
By kwmagnets, $10.
|The Three Stalwarts|
By tnoble8238, $4.
By WestCoastEchoes, $2.95.
If you’re looking for something a little more tangible, but still can’t make it to the beach, there are plenty of shops on Etsy where you can find raw beach glass. Sunny likes the green. It’s hard to determine FlaxMan’s favorite; he’s a wild card with an ever-changing artistic temperament.
From westcoastseaglass, $26.
From TidelineDesigns, $18.
| SALE Genuine Sea Glass Pieces From SeaSideSupply, $15.
From artbycandice, $9.
Check out our other videos from the Process Series and see how things get done around here!