Humans have been making arrows for more than 50,000 years, but Fletcher and Fox arrows offer something new for a modern era. These home accents, one part style tool and one part eye candy, have strong appeal as an eclectic décor item and a modern tribal totem.
Stacey Foster of Fletcher and Fox shared some interesting details with the Foundary about her handcrafted decorative arrows.
Why did you start making arrows?
I wanted some decor for my own home that was less traditional and had seen some vintage arrows used as decor. Vintage arrows are hard to come by and especially in colors I liked, so I decided to try making my own.
How did you learn or develop these techniques?
It started with common sense of how must an arrow be assembled. That didn’t go so well, so I visited an archery store in my town and came back with a fletching tool. From there, it was trial and arrow with which paints to use, how best to cut them, what width is right, what can I use for the tip, what works for stripes. It was about three months and several methods later before I came up with the process that I use now.
Your work is very visually appealing, thanks in part to the beautiful color palettes you use. But what do you think are the qualities of arrows that make them such an intriguing décor item?
Thank you! I think that what makes my arrows interesting as decor is that they reference a mix of something strong and masculine in what they are traditionally used for, but the color palettes I tend to use are more feminine and soft.
What are the most creative ways you have found or seen to display arrows?
I love them resting on tiny nails right on the wall. One of my customers sent me a picture of her arrows displayed on the wall in a pool stick holder. Another used hers stuck through a bird cage as part of her display for her jewelry line. Last Valentine’s, a florist ordered a few hundred to add to bouquets of roses.