Guardabosques are the studio behind this eye-catching paper aviary exhibition at St James’s Market in London. They specialize in making paper art, particularly if it involves nature. The project is a collaboration with DN&CO, who took care of the whole project, and it features more than 100 birds that were specially designed for the occasion, stylized with iconic fashion patterns made by them.
The Paper Aviary takes inspiration from Charles II’s exotic birdcage, which housed his collection of tropical birds during the 1600’s in the heart of St James’s Park.
The exhibition nods to the style and craft heritage of St James’s. Each handcrafted bird displays plumage and patterns inspired by the fashion houses and craftsmen of the area. Houndstooth, checks and polka dots are taken from the fabric patterns of brands such as John Smedley, Turnbull & Asser and Aquascutum animating each paper bird. Enriching the experience further the exhibition features a curated soundtrack of birdsong.