March 2011

Kate MccGwire : Spectacular Feather Sculptures

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 16, 2011

in FINE ART

Kate MccGwire Quote from Biography

London based artist, Kate MccGuire creates unexpected and unforgetable art installations, all made with pigeon and gaming bird feathers. Thousands and thousands of painstaking hours and feathers are need to create these elaborate sculptures; that when her studio burned down early last year, MccGwire turned to The Racing Pigeon and British Homing World…

“…asking people to bring along as many feathers as they could muster to this year’s Show, the hope was people would save all their recently moulted feathers for Kate to turn into work.”

NOW SHOWING : ‘HOST’ installation and small works Inaugural exhibition at Pertwee Anderson and Gold
February 21 to March 24, 2011 – 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London, W1D 3AQ

 

Artwork by Kate MccGwire : www.katemccgwire.com

Artwork by Kate MccGwire : www.katemccgwire.com

Artwork by Kate MccGwire : www.katemccgwire.com

 

How To : D.I.Y. Marabou Feather Clutch

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 15, 2011

in DIY,FASHION

We love finding fun, flirty and creative ways to use feathers like this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own Marabou Feather Embellished Clutch! Here they use a Stenciled Ostrich & Marabou boa which is available at The Feather Place.

SHOP The Feather Place for all your feathered needs and inspiration! A special Thank you to the DIY RoundUp @ www.chic-steals.com for this fabulous DIY Marabou Feather Clutch tutorial!

DIY Marabou Feather Clutch

Difficulty: (Easy/Beginner)

You Need:

*old clutch-style purse

*tacky glue

*marabou boa (Get your boa at www.featherplace.com)

*scissors

How-To:

1. Lay your clutch flat and visually estimate how far apart the pieces of your boa need to be to get the kind of coverage you want.

2. Spread the tacky glue in vertical lines down the front of your clutch, and across the top below the clasp.

3. Starting from one side, lay one end of the boa onto the glue at the bottom of the clutch.

4. Fold the boa piece over at the top of the clutch, and then loop it down towards the bottom.  Snip at the bottom of the clutch.

5. Repeat for all the lines of glue until the front of your clutch is completely covered.  Allow to dry and then trim the ends so they’re all one length.

Pretty easy, right?  To cover both the front AND the back using this method, you’ll probably need two boas.  And you could use any type of feathers that suit your fancy…they don’t have to be marabou, and they don’t have to be in boa-form, either.

 

DIY Marabou Feather Clutch : SHOP The Feather Place for all your feathered needs and inspiration! A special Thank you to the DIY RoundUp @ www.chic-steals.com for this fabulous DIY Marabou Feather Clutch tutorial!

 

From the Princess to be…to Steven Tyler on American Idol, Feather jewelry and accessories are all taking flight right now! Check out these designers I ran into while at Art Walk DTLA or shop The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs and make your own accessories…(Go to the “How To” tab or “Click Here” for an instructional video on How to Make Feathered Earrings).

YolandaJo (ShopYolandaJo.Com) @ Art Walk Downtown Los Angeles

Shabaz Designs (323)363-2977 @ Art Walk Downtown Los Angeles

Hope you didn’t think we would forget about Carnival 2011! The feathered extravaganza soared through the streets of Brazil, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and beyond. Take a look at the images captured and watch as revelers celebrate, samba schools compete and visitors from all over the world embark on these festivities. Want to make a carnival costume of your own for next year’s extravaganza? Get inspiration and all your feathered needs at The Feather Place!

Panama 2011
Brazil 2011
New Orleans 2011
Trinidad and Tobago 2011

 

Dolce & Gabbana & Kylie Minogue have collaberated for a third time to design Kylie’s wardrobe for the ‘Les Folies’ tour. Extravagant, with details and trims of feathers, chain mail, pearls and fascinators, this collection is floaty and is Marie Antoinette and Grecian-inspired. Check it out for yourself…!

Sarah Burton unveiled her A/W ’11 collection for Alexander McQueen…

Doing the late designer proud, Burton carved her own path yesterday with a collection appropriately named “The Ice Queen and Her Court.” Structured silhouettes, strong shoulders, exaggerated skirts, floaty sleeves, embroidery, feathers and pleats dominated the runway.www.catwalkqueen.tv

Check out the photo gallery and WATCH the runway footage now!

Alexander McQueen 2011 A/W

A procession of costumed dogs and their escorts filled the streets of New Orleans at Sunday’s Barkus Parade in the French Quarter! Look at man’s best friend all feathered up and excited to be part of the festivities! We LOVE Barkus because not only does it get everyone out of the house to enjoy a day together with their furry friends, it’s fun to see other dogs and all of the creativity that other’s put into this parade and it’s floats.

Barkus Parade 2011

The John Galliano brand, by Dior’s parent company LVMH Moet Hennessy ready-to-wear Fall-Winter 2012 fashion collection, Ruffles some Feathers during Paris Fashion week, Sunday, March 6, 2011.

John Galliano : Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2012

John Galliano : Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2012

John Galliano : Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2012

John Galliano : Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2012

 

For Carnival in New Orleans- if you are a Mardi Gras Indian, every Mardi Gras requires a “new suit”, so to speak! Each Tribe constructs elaborate hand made costumes of feathers and bead work that are truly a spectacular site to see!

While I was working at The Feather Place Showroom in NYC last week, it was both my pleasure and honor to run into Congo Nation’s Chief Donald Harrison as he was acquiring feathers wears for Mardi Gras.

Below, are some of the costumes worn from previous years.