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est. 2007
  1. Birdy pick of the week: Matt Sewell’s birds for the V&A

    I’m actually a bit embarrassed that I’ve never mentioned Matt Sewell before on Wee Birdy. It’s a disgrace, really, considering that this British artist, like me, has been posting a “Bird of the Week” on his blog for the past few years. The only difference is that Matt’s birds are his very own watercolours. His passion for bird-watching is apparent throughout his quirky art, and his birds are infused with delightful details and character quirks.

    So I was beyond delighted to discover this gorgeous new range of wooden birds he’s made exclusively for the sublime V&A shop. (Bravo to the V&A Shop, too, for snapping up this talented artist for their spring/summer 2012 collection.) Each bird is handmade and painted by Matt, and was inspired by the V&A’s archives. Little Owl, for instance, was based on an etching from the earliest hand-coloured book of English birds, The Natural History of Birds by Eleazar Albin (1731-8).

    Matt’s sweet stylised versions are made using reclaimed wood and FSC accredited pine, and come packaged in a hand-printed nesting box. Swoooon.

    I want them all, but if I had to choose one, I couldn’t go past the lovely little Strawberry Thief, who comes with his very own strawberry. Which one would you choose?

    Top, ‘Strawberry Thief’ Wooden Bird by Matt Sewell, £85, from the V&A Shop.
    Bottom left, ‘Little Owl’ Wooden Bird by Matt Sewell, £85, from the V&A Shop.
    Bottom right, ‘Nuthatch’ Wooden Bird by Matt Sewell, £85, from the V&A Shop.

    Click here to read my full review about the V&A Shop.

    • Amy Warner

      I love these! V and A shop is so great, did you see the Chaffinch egg cup on there too? I just posted it on my Tumblr the other day http://somanylovelythings.tumblr.com/post/19445324794/this-may-be-the-nicest-egg-cup-ive-ever-seen , I don’t even like boiled eggs but I’m totally lusting after it!

      Love your blog by the way!

      Amy Xxx

      • Anonymous

        Hey Amy – adorable egg cup, thanks for the tip! And cool Tumblr, by the way. xx

    • Jennifer

      Love these! Thanks for drawing our attention to them!

      • Anonymous

        You’re welcome! Matt has a book coming out soon so I’ll blog about that in the future. xx

    • Jenny Brent

      They’re adorable aren’t they!

      • Anonymous

        Yep, I think they’re the bee’s knees! xx

    • http://notestoafurtherexcuse.blogspot.com/ Diane

      Oh, I love Matt Sewell! I’ve been following his work for a few years, and adore his Bird of the Week illustrations. How lovely that he got to do some work for the V&A! I can’t wait to get his book!