The first set of many feather fans I've designed over the last few weeks. This style of fan is sometimes called a "smudge fan" and is often used to waft ceremonial smoke from incense, sage, or sweetgrass around a space. These fans could really be used for anything, from purely decorative use to playing a role in rituals and rites -- it all depends on the owner!
I started creating these fans because I had feathers leftover from a previous project and I believe feathers are some of the most beautiful items in the natural world -- they're each individual pieces of artwork, and I wanted to honor that somehow. So each fan is unique in size, shape, and materials used. I hope there's something for everyone in the collection of fans I've created and plan to create.
A note on materials: The materials I use are salvaged, recycled, or reclaimed whenever possible. The leather and fur are scraps, destined to be thrown away. The feathers (and sometimes whole wings and tails) are sometimes by-products of the food industry or they come from birds that have died of natural causes. I recognize that using real feathers, leather, and fur is not everyone's cup of tea, and I just request that all comments be respectful.
Another note: ALL MATERIALS USED ARE LEGAL WITHIN THE U.S. AND COMPLY WITH THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT. Most species of birds in North America are protected by this treaty, making it unlawful to buy, sell, hunt, or possess most native birds or their feathers, eggs, nests, and body parts. This applies even if the feather is found on the ground. SO -- you won't see any red-tailed hawk fans or blue jay feathers in the future, sorry.
Sooooooo.... Anyone want to buy a fan?