Even if you’ve never heard the name Donald “Don” Featherstone, chances are you’ve already seen some of his awesome artwork. In 1957 Donald invented what is now one of the most widely recognized symbols of kitsch, the pink lawn flamingo. He has 57 of the bright pink plastic birds on his own front lawn.
But there’s even more to Donald Featherstone than his famous plastic sculptures. There’s also an awesome love story. Donald is a devoted husband and he and his equally devoted wife Nancy make a very special pair. The couple is so very much in love that they have been have been dressing in matching outfits for over 35 years.
Here’s how Nancy Featherstone describes their relationship:
“We don’t like to be apart. Donald proposed on our first date and we’ve been together almost all the time since. If you want to do things by yourself, why get married? Why have separate hobbies? We never argue – Donald says he learned long ago to say, “Yes, dear”, but in fact it’s because we have a strong foundation. Being with him is never an effort. As we spend all our time together, we always eat the same food, too, which is good because we have matching stains on our outfits.”
“Donald used to have to travel for business and when I packed his case, I’d tell him which outfit to wear on which day, so we coordinated even though we were apart. It helped us feel connected to each other.”
Nancy handmakes each pair of their matching outfits. In fact she’s been making clothes for Donald since they first began dating. “As Nancy’s tailoring skills improved over the years, the outfits became more elaborate. The couple’s coordinated clothes now fill four wardrobes.” In honour of her husband’s famous creation, Nancy is always on the lookout for flamingo fabric to use for their outfits. They pair now own 40 outfits made of flamingo fabric, which are kept in their own special cupboard.
Visit The Guardian to read more about Donald and Nancy Featherstone’s singular romance.
Photos from The Sun
[via Laughing Squid and Guardian.co.uk]