Mary Jeanne Linford – The Well-Dressed Bird


© 2017
edition of 3
dimensions in inches: 8 x 9 x 2

About this piece:

Having a wonderful collection of papers from Nepal, in beautiful designs and colors inspired me to think about a pop-up book about birds in a completely new way. Rather than illustrate the birds in their traditional colors, I began to imagine them getting dressed up for a fancy event and the Well-Dressed Bird was born. It was fun choosing colors and patterns from these exotic papers and matching them to the colors of the actual birds. Hence the bald eagle is dressed quite formally, while the dove is represented by a variety of whites and golds.


paper, book cloth

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

Mary Jeanne (MJ) Linford has been a book artist for over 50 years , and can trace her interest in bookmaking back to her high school art classes. Her interest in moveable and pop-up books began when she worked with Julie Chen. . But she truly began to understand the mechanics and engineering of pop-up books in a workshop with Shawn Sheehy. Since then, she has focused on using pop-up books with both humorous and more serious topics. Her is housed in libraries, museums and private collections across the US,. She has also taught pop-up books to over 5,000 intermediate school art students.


Mary Jeanne Linford – The Well-Dressed Bird