At thecitygirlfarm, we sculpt natural materials - fiber, wood and bronze - to bring delight and wonder into the world. Our sophisticated barn-yard 'Chicken Footstools' are created through traditional art processes. They remind us of where we come from and invite others to do the same. We are proud each piece is one-of-a-kind, grown and fashioned in the USA.
The idea for Chicken Footstools was inspired by memories of childhood pet chickens, pining after the sheep sculptures by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, and exploration of traditional art processes. Every chicken is unique in posture and personality. A turned wood egg-shaped core stands on bronze feet and is connected to a bronze beak. Feathers are fashioned with various fiber art techniques- felting, spinning, knitting, dyeing- and are upholstered by hand. The chickens can function as footstools and are the best at making people smile!
We design and fashion Chicken Footstools at thecgf studio in midtown Kansas City, Missouri. Bronze is cast outside of Lawrence, Kansas, and wooden eggs are turned in Hesston, Kansas. Each chicken's internal frame is constructed at our family farm in Lyons, Kansas.
Please enjoy these videos showcasing the craftsmen and women responsible for the magic behind each chicken.
How did you think of this? Our pet chickens never fail to make us smile. Inspired to share this joy with the world, Sally created a chicken-style variation of the classic sheep ottoman by Francois Lalanne in her final furniture design studio at K-State in 2010. From the art processes of hand-felting fiber into feathers, turning wood into egg-shaped cores and casting her sculptures of chicken feet and beaks in bronze emerged Henny and Penny - the original Chicken Footstools.
How can I adopt a Chicken Footstool? You are welcome to complete the adoption process online or contact us directly. If your favorite chickens are already adopted and you would like to explore custom possibilities, we would love to chat! Please refer to our Custom Design page for more details on the selection process.
How long does it take to make a chicken? The bronze feet and beaks are cast, the wooden egg is turned on a lathe, the interior frame is assembled, the fiber is sheared, fashioned into feathers and upholstered by hand. Depending on our production schedule, the creation process takes approximately two months and lots of love.
Where are they made? We are proud that our Chicken Footstools are fashioned in the USA. Their structural elements are crafted by artisans in Kansas and the upholstery and fiber-work take place in thecgf studio in Kansas City, Missouri. The only part of the process we don't do ourselves is to raise the animals for fiber (someday!). For now, we source it from wonderful farmers around the country.
Are they cleanable? The hand-felted feathers are naturally dirt and moisture repellent (think of your favorite wool sweater). Spot clean with water. If your feet are extra-dirty you may consider a darker breed.
Are these indoor chickens? Yes. However, they are durable and enjoy fresh air when the occasion is right!
What will my dog/cat do? Our chickens have met many-a-pet at art fairs and in homes; so far no attacks have been reported. We believe their disinterest might be related to the chicken's natural fiber smell.
Are they real? They are as real as you choose to believe. :)
Which came first? The egg.
What is the difference between a Big Chicken and a Chicken Little?