This handmade mobile portrays a family of crows returning to a communal rookery. Every evening, in cities all over North America, you can see hundreds of crows flying home. Family is important to crows. They mate for life, live in family groups, and even though offspring may travel the country and live elsewhere, they return often to visit.
Laser-cut from recycled black cardstock and salvaged outdated roadmaps, the seven two-sided hanging pieces depict 14 crows and a large hand-folded tree. The crows are realistically rendered in black while the flipside reveals the colourful travel maps. Maps from across the continent are used to reflect the distances these birds travel and the universality of this phenomenon.
As the Crow Flies was awarded Best in Category in Industrial Design at the 2008 Design Exchange Awards. The Design Exchange is a national organization whose mission is to establish Canada as a design leader worldwide.
Mobiles are made from outdated maps. These beautiful maps are no longer current and would otherwise be recycled into paper fiber. Cardstock is made from post-consumer waste (white card: 100% PCW; coloured card: 30% PCW, the highest percentage available).
Maps for our mobiles are sourced from local travel companies and other institutions.
As winner of the 2008 DXA in the category of industrial design, As the Crow Files was featured in a major exhibit at the Design Exchange. Our mobile was also hanging at the Chapel Arts as part of the Eastside Culture Crawl
Pieces for the mobile are laser cut locally, then hand tied in our Vancouver workshop. We are committed to craftsmanship and quality products.