Do you watch Man Shops Globe on The Sundance Channel? If not, you’re only missing out on a peek into the coolest job ever. Keith Johnson works as the buyer-at-large for Anthropologie, which means it’s his job to trek across the globe and acquire objects and one-of-a-kind pieces for the bobo retailer. Personally, I’m not crazy about Anthropolgie’s merchandise. Sure, it’s a great place to shop for gifts — lots of yummy candles and cool jewlery — and I do love its shoe selection, but they’re ridiculously marked up and so never make it to my feet. However its in-store displays are pretty amazing, and that’s usually why I stop in — to check out their seasonal installations. Anyway, last night I was watching Keith’s shopping trip to Australia, where he came across artist Anna-Wili Highfield.
Anna constructs animal sculptures out of archival paper, ink, watercolor, thread, and copper pipe, and the results are incredible. She’s made barn owls, horses, and even cows, but I’m a fan of her series of birds native to Australia, like the Black Fronted Dotterell and the Superb Fairy Wren — great name.