Australia’s Marni Southam (Oleander Avenue) has an amazing ability to turn every scrap of polymer into a bird.
Her alchemy is mesmerizing. A circle, some stripes, a triangle, more bits of color and a bird emerges. How does she do that?
Combine her knowledge of birds with a love of earrings and you’ve got a thriving business.
The story of her Blue Fairy Wrens is touching and clearly explains her obsession with ornithology. I can’t help but think of Ohio illustrator Charlie Harper whom I met when I worked for Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources.