"Bird Girl" Mural at The Bird DC

Photo by Manuel Claros

Photo by Manuel Claros

DC Artist Heidi Phelps Unveils New Mural

Feminist-inspired design on display at The Bird in Shaw

WASHINGTON, DC – DC-based artist Heidi Phelps recently unveiled a mural featured in The Bird, a new Eatwell DC restaurant that opened on October 31, 2016 in Shaw. The feminist-inspired black and white painting entitled “Bird Girl” is located in the restaurant’s lower level. Phelps was one of five muralists — and the only woman artist — commissioned for the series.

 “I wanted to create a dream-like image” said Phelps. “When I was first approached about the project, the image of a woman with birds flying out of her hair immediately came to mind, with a nod to Edgar Allan Poe's "Lenore" in The Raven, Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's “The Birds,” and even Little Edie Beale in ‘Grey Gardens.’ The mural’s undercurrent of fear and darkness is contrasted with lighthearted quirky touches. The symbolic dichotomy works well with the stark black and white contrast of the mural itself.”

Prior to this mural Phelps hosted successful art shows at Tryst in Adams Morgan and at Logan Tavern. Phelps was also recently profiled by D.C.’s Brightest Young Things for Women’s History Month.

Phelps is an artist and illustrator from Washington, DC by way of Providence, Rhode Island. She started Wayward Broad Studio as a one-woman renegade art project in Adams Morgan, and enjoys the process of giving shape and form to ideas through images and conveying multiple messages through visual art. Her diverse list of artistic influences include Mexican Day of the Dead iconography, Victorian-era mourning costumes, vintage early to mid-century sewing patterns, Grimm’s fairy tales, Salvador Dali’s Alice in Wonderland sketches, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Frida Kahlo.

To learn more about Phelps and Wayward Broad Studio, check out her gallery and artist bio or contact her directly.

 

Start the Storm: Telling a Social Media Story

Sneak peak of some illustrations I did for The Tempest, and a new initiative they'll be rolling out soon. The goal behind the illustrations was to push them out through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to drum up an air of mystery and excitement for the program launch, and accompany them with details on what this new program is all about and how to sign up (more on all of that after the program officially launches). 

For now, here's the story of a woman whose hair turns into a stormy sea. 

Stage 1: A storm is brewing.

Stage 1: A storm is brewing.

Stage 2: The storm develops.

Stage 2: The storm develops.

Stage 3: The storm is here. Time to make some waves.

Stage 3: The storm is here. Time to make some waves.