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Birds of Happiness


Legend has it that hanging a Bird of Happiness in one’s home will bring health and happiness. Artist Nadezhda Sokolova has taken inspiration from this classic tale of Russian folklore with this Firebird design. Using her unique style of batik painting on silk, Sokolova captures the warmth and optimism of the legend.



Legend has it that hanging a wooden Bird of Happiness over one’s hearth will bring good health and fortune to those who live under its warm embrace.


Artist Nadezhda Sokolova, also known as Nadya Sokolova, has taken inspiration from this classic tale of Russian folklore and brought new life to the birds of legend. Using her unique style of batik painting on silk, Sokolova captures the warm and sunny legend of lore.Also known as a “wood chip bird,” the story goes that one day a hunter in the far North Arkhangelsk province returned home to his sick son, who had been suffering alone in the cold with no one around to help. The boy begged to see the sun, but the father had nothing to offer except a small fire. As the fire died down, the father was inspired to carve a bird for his son from the glowing embers. When he hung the carving above his son’s bed it miraculously came to life, with the boy exclaiming, “Here is the sun!”


Today a similar legend, known as the Firebird, lives on in Slavic folklore.

In both traditions, the bird represents a symbol of the sun, bringing well-being to those who hang one in their home. They are often hung over the hearth, above the dining table and over a child’s cradle. The movement of warm air in a home brings the wooden birds to life, spinning them in a circle where they hang.In this bright and lively Firebird image, the story of the Phoenix, rising from its own ashes, also comes to mind. In the confluence of these legends comes a sense of singularity, with all watched over by the warmth of the sun.

May this flaming red firebird bring such good luck to your own life and brighten up a dark spot in your home.


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Decorative printed cover paper
FSC-certified text paper
Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
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  • At Paperblanks, we create products that inspire creativity, empower expression and celebrate special
    moments. A homage to art and culture, our line of journals and creative tools sparks the imagination by
    offering a connection to artists and cultural movements from all eras and regions.

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