Friday, November 21, 2008

A Rare Bird Indeed

The small-but-growing cult of gocco print artists presents an interesting phenomenon. Could it be the antiquity of the method (dating back to the ancient year of 1977) that attracts so many of today’s most talented individuals? Is there some appeal in the mystique of a process not fully understand by the majority of art lovers? Or is there something intangibly delicious in the very tangible, hands-on aspect of gocco that captures the heart of the artist? Whatever it is, Bridget Farmer of Bridbird is one of those “rare birds” who know how to bring a vision to life through the magic of a Print Gocco machine, be it a pair of diametrically balanced, generously plumed birds bowing, or a classic Victorian house in Melbourne that reflects the inviting earthiness of the Aussie coastal character in olive and apricot tones. Bridget's subjects, at turns as singular and stripped-down as a writhing haddock then suddenly festive as a decorated owl, suggest a thematic approach that respects the power of everyday images, and a practical habit of choosing color with discernment, at times dispensing with color altogether.

Browsing Bridbird’s gallery of images, it isn’t difficult to envision these lovely prints occupying space on your own walls: The Peacock, for example in the living room; Kitchen Utensils, or perhaps I Do Not Think There Is Anything Wrong With Pear Shaped in the kitchen; Three Female Satin Bowerbirds in the sun room, should you be lucky enough to have a sun room. Bridbird prints are instantly accessible, and delightfully conversational. The only question, after bringing one home, is whether you’ll be able to resist bragging to friends about your latest rare find on Etsy. Generously, Bridbird is also offering one free gocco print, of the reader’s choice, to the winner of today’s giveaway. To qualify, visit Bridbird, then come back here to tell us about your favorite print. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/29/08.

**We have a winner! SeahorseLady said, "Very nice work. I like the Gocco Screen Print, Fancy Bird no. 1, Blue the most."***

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Deb said...

I like them all! But if I have to choose one, it would be the peacock. My parents used to keep peacocks on their farm, so this brings back a lot of memories!

Deb said...

I'm also a subscriber - that's how I found out about this contest. :)

Mikki said...

I like them all but my favorites are the peacock and the two fancy birds.

Anonymous said...

I'm also a subscriber tp Wishing Willow

Mikki said...

I'm also a subscriber to Wishing Willow

cathyhall said...

HI, I loved the 8 Birds Gocco Screen Print, these look great, thank you.

cathyhall said...

I am an email subscriber, thank you.

ronald said...

Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue

Kate said...

I'm torn between the peacock and the Melbourne houses. Both are beautiful!

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Kate said...

subscriber!

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Digital Misfit said...

So hard to choose a favorite amidst such lovely works! I do love the soft blue Wise Owl gocco print - the detail is just beautiful.

I must also say that I ADORE the Pear print!

Digital Misfit said...

I am a subscriber :)

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Whimsical Creations said...

my favorite is the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red.

=) melanie
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melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a subscriber

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Andreah said...

I like Wise Owl in Soft Blue the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

Carolyn said...

These are really neat, I don't know what Gocco is, but it is gorgeous. I love the brown Wise Owl, the Two Fancy Birds, the Peacock, most of them, actually.

thanks for sharing

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carolyn s

Andreah said...

I'm a subscriber.

Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber.

thanks again,

carolyn s

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Wehaf said...

I love the Australian Magpie print!

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Jeanne said...

I really like the Melbourne Houses print but they are all great!

Jeanne said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Jennifer said...

They are all wonderful, yet I was asked to choose one, so my favourite is: The Peacock, Gocco Screen Print.

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Jennifer said...

I am most definitely a subscriber.

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Keyomi said...

i love the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue. Beautiful. (i actully also like the Three Female Satin Bowerbirds, Gocco Print)

thank yoU!

Keyomi said...

i am also subscribed to you!

iseekids said...

My favorite is I Do Not Think There is Anything Wrong With Pear Shaped. It just cracks me up! :)

iseekids said...

Subscriber. :)

Kirby McCauley said...

I just love Wise Owl, Brown.

Kirby McCauley said...

I am a subscriber :)

Dorothy Cheng said...

Love the Australian Magpie print- so blotlike and effortless looking!

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sito50 said...

I like the Three Female Bower Birds. It's a lovely print, and I am fascinated with bower birds.

sito50 said...

I subscribe.

Dorothy Cheng said...

also a subscriber!

Shauna said...

I love the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red they are so pretty..

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Shauna said...

Im a subscriber!!

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Sandy said...

peacock mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Sandy said...

subscriber mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Elsie B. said...

The Gocco Screen Print, Brown Wise Owl is my wise choice, I think he's looking back at me! I have a small owl wooden statue, and I'd display this print in the background...wisely!

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Minxy Mimi said...

I like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue
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Minxy Mimi said...

I am a subscriber!
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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like the Three Female Satin Bowerbirds - very lovely line and very gesture-like and alive!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'm a happy subscriber to Wishing Willow, which brings beauty into my life, and a great variety of it too, and so am claiming my extra entry!

Hanna said...

I like the melbourne houses print.

Hanna said...

i'm a subscriber.

d5stock said...

Leaning towards the peacock.

dowhatyoulove said...

I like the wise owl in dark blue. Owls are one of my favorites!
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judybrittle said...

My favorite is the Gocco Screen Print, Wise Owl, Dark Blue That is so pretty. Thank you so much!
judybrittle at aol dot com

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
judybrittle at aol dot com

Petite Ace of Spades said...

I so love the peacock !

All the Best from Paris,
x x x
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Petite Ace of Spades said...

... and I do suscribe ! Yay !

x x x
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I also forgot to leave my email in the above post !

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mverno said...

the two birds

Tara said...

Wow, I have a bit of Gocco experience and have NO idea how she managed the colors on that peacock. Impressive!!!

My favorites are the peacock and the fancy bird in blue.

Thanks for your wonderful contests!
Tara twowishesblog at gmail.com

Tara said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Amy said...

I love the peacock and the owl but if I had to choose one not in your review...it would be the Two Fancy birds...

Amy said...

I'm a subscriber

MaggieM said...

There were only 9 available items at Bridbird, of which the Wise Own (in Brown) would be my favorite item. But the print I really want is the Peacock. I love peacocks and collect pictures and cards with peacocks.

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

I subscribe by email

maggie@mannwieler.com

Kathleen said...

The Wise Owl in soft blue is my favorite. I'm really hoping to finally win one of your fabulous giveaways!

Kathleen said...

I subscribe too

lisagee said...

8 Birds Gocco Screen Print is a lovely print :o)

zoe hunter said...

I really love her birds..especially:
Three Female Satin Bowerbirds, Gocco Print

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber.

Dumaurier said...

I like the Gocco Screen Print, Fancy Bird no. 1 Blue

ky2here said...

I like the Melbourne Houses.

Karen said...

I love the peacock :)

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Michw37 said...

Love the Peacock

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I really like the print Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue!

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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe!

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Two Fancy Birds (in red & blue) is my favourite. Although the magpies are a close second.

Anonymous said...

8 Birds Gocco Screen is my favorite

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Also, I'm a subscriber! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

tea

Amber said...

Wow - thank you for introducing me to an amazing artist. "I do not think there is anything wrong with pear shaped" is my favorite print.
Thank you for the giveaway and please enter me.
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

Gocco Screen Print, Wise Owl, Soft Blue!
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Anna Lloyd said...

I think that "Two fancy birds, red and blue" is stunning!

Anna Lloyd said...

I'm a subscriber!

imjasonc said...

I like the Melbourne Houses the best.

Becca Ann said...

I love the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red!

kdkdkd said...

The Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue would look wonderful framed and on my wall!

llinda29 said...

Three Female Bower Birds for me

Kelly F said...

I really like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red. It has a very vintage feel to it.

Kelly F said...

I am a subscriber :)

drming said...

My wife would love the the peacock print.

Shelley said...

The Wise Owl is just beautiful.

Thanks for a great giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

Baba said...

I love the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red.

Marigold said...

I love the Two Fancy Birds Red and Blue Screen Print. I love the intricacy and flow of the linework, and as for the colors, well, I recently redid my living room in this exact color scheme!

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Marigold said...

I'm a subscriber!

boldnessbe(at)gmail(dot)com

windycindy said...

The "Kitchen Utensils" print is very nice! Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am subscribed. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Christina said...

My favorite is the Kitchen Utensils, Gocco Print! Would look great in my kitchen!

Christina said...

I subscribed!

Anonymous said...

peacock

Alli said...

My favorite is the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red

Jenna said...

Lots of cool pieces! I like "Melbourne Houses" and "Australian Magpies"

Stacy said...

You're right, the prints are fabulous. I love the brd and peacock series. It was hard to choose between the Fancy Bird No 1 and the Two Fancy Birds, but for now I think I'll just stick with Fancy Bird No 1.

Thanks
Stacy

Madam Pince said...

I love the peacock print, because it reminds me of how Flannery O'Connor, one of my favorite writers, kept peahens.

Jenna said...

I really like the Melbourne Houses Print. So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sarah said...

I love the blue peacock print. Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lauren in TN said...

I like the 8 birds print

lauren
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Sue said...

I like the Gocco Screen Print - Owl, in brown. I'm a scrapbooker and right now owls are the big thing so the owl stood out other me.

Jamaise said...

Nice work. I like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red or the dove.

Jamaise said...

I'm a subscriber

Stacey Moore said...

love the two fancy birds print!

blogged you at prizeatron:
http://www.prizeatron.com/2008/11/contests-for-november-23rd.html

we would love to win!
thanks so much!
moore.g@insideconnect.net

Stacey Moore said...

we are subscribers!
thanks!
moore.g@insideconnect.net

confiance2087 said...

I LOVE her Australian Magpie print, but I'm also quite fond of her Wise Owl prints...

confiance2087 said...

and I'm also a subscriber... :)

confiance2087 said...

I forgot to post my e-mail address too:

confiance2087@aim.com

jeanne said...

How lovely! I really like the Melbourne Houses print.

jksweep at yahoo dot com

vmkids said...

Australian Magpie print is the best

VinK said...

My fav is
Kitchen Utensils, Gocco Print

I love the layout

VinK said...

I'm also a subscriber :)

thank you for the giveaway..I hope I can win

VinK

Anam said...

I'm very fond of the 2 Fancy Birds in red and blue..very pretty.

Roberta said...

We loved the Two Fancy Birds and the great selection of gocco screen prints. thanks so much.

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Toberta said...

I am an email subscriber

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

Robert Doscher said...

The peacock is splendid.

Cheers!

emerald420@hotmail.com

Smooshy said...

i like the dark blue owl!

Loopy said...

I Do Not Think There is Anything Wrong with Pear Shaped! Absolutely! And I would proudly display this in my home! Lovely.

littlelatina said...

I like the 8 birds print best. the owl second

Loopy said...

And I subscribe in google reader! Yay!

tatertot374 said...

I like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Vivien said...

I like the blue fancy bird!

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dhunt said...

Nice!

Tanya W. said...

I like the I Do Not Think There is Anything Wrong with Pear Shaped, Gocco Print

matilda sue said...

I love the handsome haddock! But I think that is because I come from a family of fishermen!

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kristin-mason@hotmail.com said...

go fancy birds go! beautiful prints!

Hannah said...

They're all gorgeous but I love the Austrailian Magpies!

Jenn S. said...

I like the 8 Birds Gocco Screen Print.

janetfaye said...

I like the Kitchen Utensils, Gocco Print.

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janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

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Sunday said...

My favorite is the Melbourne Houses print--this would look amazing anywhere I put it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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sito50 said...

I have been fascinated with Bowerbirds since I learned about them on Nature, so my favorite from her site is the Three Female Satin Bowerbirds, Gocco Print. I like the subject matter plus it's a nice print that I could put just about anywhere. There are lots of very nice prints, though.

sito50 said...

And I subscribe.

Shannon said...

I like the australian magpies.

Samara said...

Beautiful. I love the two fancy birds.

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malleycc said...

I love the Do Not Think There is Anything Wrong with Pear Shaped, Gocco Print. My sentiments exactly!

mverno said...

the two fancy birds

banquetbabe said...

gocco screensaver

Melissa said...

Love the Two Fancy Birds in red and blue. They are just beautiful!

chromiumman said...

love Wise Owl in Soft Blue

vboackle said...

i like the brown wise owl.

Gabriel said...

I like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red.

Please, enter me, great prize!!!

legab67156 (at) gmail (dot) com

ky2here said...

I really like the Melbourne houses.

Michw37 said...

I like australian magpies

idahomom said...

The Melbourne houses are great.

elenalecue said...

my favorite is two fancy birds

elenalecue said...

i'm a subscriber via therethere at mail dot ru

Julie said...

I like the Gocco Screen Print, Wise Owl in brown.



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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red is my favorite. They have some very pretty prints!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

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alexandrea said...

My favorite by a margin is "Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue" coordinates with the colors in my living room beautifully!

H.S. said...

I subscribe!

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H.S. said...

Gocco Screen Print, Wise Owl, Brown is my favorite. Well drawn!

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mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

Without a doubt, Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red. So beautifully done.

Cheers,
melody
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Anonymous said...

I like the Melbourne Houses, Gocco Screen Print. Very artistic.

Crystal(manhattandolls@gmail.com)

Mel said...

This Kitchen Utensils, Gocco Print is so cute!


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drming said...

My favorite is the 8 Birds Gocco Screen Print.

toughturtles said...

Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue

Erica C. said...

the Wise Owl print is great...also the kitchen utensils would look great in my kitchen!

silverbele said...

The peacock is my favorite

kmbennet said...

I like the 8 Birds Gocco Screen Print.
Thanx for the contest.

AllieOop said...

I like the Handsome Haddock print.
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M.A. said...

I like the Kitchen Utensils.

Wei said...

I really like the owl the best.

Thanks.

Amander said...

I do not think there is anything wrong with pear shaped - so cute!

Amander said...

And I'm a subscriber.

Jessica said...

I like the pears.

jessnik79@yahoo.com

Sunnyvale said...

I like the peacock best.

Kerrie said...

I love the Kitchen Utensils print! It would look so cute in our house.

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber! =)

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
love the Australian Magpie

rosannepm said...

Like the Kitchen utensils print

rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber

kdkdkd said...

My favorite is the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and Blue, would look wonderful framed and hanging on my bedroom wall

yellowlabs said...

I really like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Blue and Red. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

vboackle said...

wise owl brown.

SeahorseLady said...

Very nice work. I like the Gocco Screen Print, Fancy Bird no. 1, Blue the most.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

ADBulldawgs said...

I like the print Two Fancy Birds, as well as the peacock. Either would look wonderful in my office. Thanks!

pitaharmon said...

The peacock is my favorite because growing up, we had peacocks. Regular ones and white ones. They were so pretty.
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bonobo said...

I love the Australian Magpie print. I just love corvids.

Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!
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bonobo said...

I'm a subscriber

NesieBird said...

Peacock is absolutely lovely!

djolsen said...

I want that Melbourne House print. It is really wonderful. I subscribed a few minutes ago. I was afraid I would miss something, you always have neat stuff on your site.

bison61 said...

I like the Two Fancy Birds, Gocco Screenprint, Red and blue

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Rebecca R. said...

I like the fancy bird no. 1 in blue. elireeves at stny dot rr dot com

Rebecca R. said...

I also am subscribed.
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beartifix@aol.com said...

I adore them all... but my top pick would be Wise Owl in soft blue. Thank you!

beartifix@aol.com said...

And of course I am a subscriber.

jean said...

The 8 Birds print is adorable! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Bakersdozen said...

The peacock print ismy favorite. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

intime said...

Wise Owl in Soft Blue

silverbele said...

the peacock for me

traymona said...

Three Female Satin Bowerbirds is my favorite print.
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Catherine said...

I'm loving the "Eight Birds." I think it would look wonderful in my son's room. :)

arvard said...

I like the The Peacock, Gocco Screen Print.

blueviolet said...

The Kitchen Utensils print is wonderful!
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blueviolet said...

I'm subscribed too!
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sachidewey said...

I love the Owl the best, but I also love the 2 fancy birds.

purango said...

The Peacock, Gocco Screen Print is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Roseann K. said...

I'm a big owl fan! Thanks!

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