July 2016

Fly by Night Public Artwork

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 29, 2016

in EVENT,FINE ART

Just in case  you missed it, here are some stunning images from Duke Riley’s public artwork “Fly by Night”. We are completely mesmerized by the imagery and footage taken at this artful event in NYC! Who knew that pigeons rigged with LED lights could be so captivating!

Riley orchestrated a series of performances occurring regularly throughout late spring. At the call of a whistle, thousands of birds emerged from their home in a grand, converted historic boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The pigeons circled above the river as the sun sets over Manhattan, and small leg bands, historically used to carry messages, were replaced with tiny LED lights, illuminating the sky in a transcendent union of public art and nature.

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Duke Riley’s Fly By Night from Creative Time on Vimeo.

CURATORIAL STATEMENT

…Duke Riley’s Fly By Night brings the rock dove back to the forefront of the New York story once again, assembling an unprecedented fleet of specially trained birds that pay homage to the inhabitants of Cob Dock over 100 years later. Housed on a former naval aircraft carrier once used to train helicopter pilots, this new flight crew made up of Homers, Flights, Rollers, Tumblers, Tipplers, and even the ancient Syrian Damascene (the artist’s favorite), are Riley’s winged collaborators taking to the skies above Wallabout Bay. Twirling, swooping, and gliding – together, apart, and together again – Riley orchestrates an unpredictable flying composition. Like the birds themselves, no two performances are the same. Lacing together old New York and new, Fly By Night asks us to stop, watch, listen, and revere this extraordinary creature that has shared the triumphs and tragedies of the human experience – uniting individuals, cultures, and generations of fanciers in a tale of both the ancient and modern city.

– Meredith Johnson, curator

Thom Browne “Flock of Seagulls”

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 22, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Thom Browne Spring 2017 men’s collection gives a new meaning to a “Flock of Seagulls” ! The most theatrical from Men’s’ Paris Fashion Week, Brown sure did think outside the box with this feather trimmed collection. Take a look at the images below… Inspired by surfing and a beach life in general; Browne’s collection is a cross of Elton John meets the cast of a Gidget movie!

“Fresh off a CFDA Award for Menswear, Browne sent out a lively, beach-inspired collection that included everything from surfers to a dancing parrot. A little strange? Sure, but would you expect anything less from the master of spectacle?” – Vogue 

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Marchesa Resort 2017 Collection

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 15, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Have you seen these amazing feathered gowns from the Marchesa Resort 2017 Collection yet ?! Whoa, of course we love the fireworks of ostrich details! Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig didn’t hold back with next seasons resort collection.

…their vision for Marchesa’s latest Resort collection was casino nightlife by way of 1995’s Martin Scorsese film Casino… – http://www.vogue.com/ 

Covered with ostrich feathers, beads and sequin; we can imagine ourselves fluttering across a starlit dance floor or walking a red carpet event at Cannes! Excuse me while I pack my bag, I’m off to lalaland with the Marchesa Resort 2017 Collection!

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Feeling inspired? DIY with Ostrich Feather Fringe or Plumes from The Feather Place.

Marabou is on the Move

by Feather Place on July 8, 2016

in DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Marabou is on the move! From Winter through Summer, adding tufts of feathers to clothing and accessories is hot hot hot right now! Everyday we have new customers who are purchasing marabou boas, trims and fringes to add to heels, flats, sandals, rings, necklaces, earrings & purses as well.

Take a look and find inspiration with the images below and there’s a cute tutorial linked as well! MARABOU FLATS RIHANNA

Celebrities like Rihanna have embraced this feathered shoe trend. Here she is wearing a pair of Simone Rocha leather mules adorned with feathers!

Rihanna x Stance also put out their very own line of marabou trimmed socks and hosiery this past holiday season.  If you can’t find stores now, they are super easy to DIY with feather boas from The Feather Place!Rhinna Marabou Stockings

We can also thank Rihanna for starting a new trend spun off from her furry Fenty Puma Slides. We’ve seen this idea transform from faux fur to using fluffy marabou boas to achieve this funky fun look.

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We found DIY tutorials on the web using Nike and Puma athletic slide sandals and gluing your own custom color to the top of the shoe.  Or you can save yourself some time and find them ready made on etsy!

So for marabou on the move Spring & Summer feather trends, we especially love how Simone Rocha and Brother Vellies use marabou on their hand crafted flats and sandals. Brother Vellies suggest pairing them with comfy jeans and t-shirt.

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Or if you’re more in the mood for high-stepping heels, from sophisticated to just plain cute, here we have found marabou feathered pumps and sandals that are definitely making a statement this Summer!
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Check out these sassy colorful heels trimmed with marabou feather by Sophia Webster (above). Or these unique and striking satin lined heels by Marco de Vincenzo  (below).

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We also found these hot little numbers below on Polyvore.com  for $160.00.  SOLD OUT for now! So if you can’t wait to add a little fluffy flair to your summer sandals, just visit FeatherPlace.com and look for the hot mix marabou boa for just $5 … you can DIY!

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And if you don’t have time to DIY, these inexpensive shoe clips can be attached to any pair of shoes or sandals for only $1.85 at The Feather Place – WOW practically free!

assorted-marabou-feather-shoe-clips-SCMM28--HOT-ALT3But if you’re not feeling the fluffy feather shoe trends, maybe rings and earrings are more your style?  This Marabou Pleasure Puff Ring by Betony Vernon can be found on Arcanegallery.com for a whopping $$$… I don’t even want to say how much!  Nicely done though!  It certainly tickles my fancy!feather ringsHere we have fluffy marabou pom pom earrings found on tuleste.com for $195.00 a pair.  I hope those drop chains are made of gold!  We do love them though!

tulste marabou earringsBut if your pockets are not so deep, … I’m sure you could find some funky fresh marabou pom pom earrings on etsy or just DIY and customize to your color of choice.  The Feather Place has over 35 stock colors and 26 mixed colors and styles! pastel feather pom pom earrings

We hope you find marabou on the move as much fun as we have.

Feathered Nest Bridal Shower

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on July 1, 2016

in BRIDAL,CRAFT,DECOR,FEATHER TRENDS

Today we are sharing these eco-chic Feathered Nest Bridal Shower decorations. My childhood friend created these for her sister’s bridal shower this summer using an assortment of feathers from The Feather Place! How sweet are these!? Don’t you just love how she incorporated real feathers into the centerpieces, banner and pens… it’s all in the details right! Below you will find her step by step instructions so you can DIY your own Feathered Nest theme party and gathering!

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FEATHER & LAVENDER CENTERPIECE

Feathers (4 types) Guinea, Duck, Goose and Pheasant Feathers
SNÄRTIG vase from IKEA (or any vase with a small diameter opening)
Acrylic Paint
Sponge paint brush
Suede cord (approx 8.5in). Any length by preference
Beads
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Fresh cut lavender

1. Paint vase with 1 coat and then again with a 2nd coat

2. Cut several (approx 3 stems) of freshly grown lavender

3. Gather feathers together with the largest feather set St the back of the bunch. Dollap glue at the stems of the feathers to hold the bunch together

4. Place lavender stems in vase

5. Place glued feather bundle in vase

6. Thread beads through Suede string and tie knots at each end to hold beads in place.

7. Tie beaded string around the neck of the vase.

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FEATHER BRIDAL BANNER

Feathers (4 types) Guinea, Duck, Goose and Pheasant Feathers
Card stock
Scissors
Scrapbook straight edge cutter (optional)
Hemp string
Leather bunting string
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Beads
Sticker letters

1. From a 12×12 cardstock cut 8 banner flags. Each approx 2 3/4in W x 6in L.

2. Place sticker letters on each flag making sure enough space is left for cutting triangle slit from the bottom of each flag.

3. Measure 1 1/2in up from the bottom of each flag and gauge where the centre is to cut the triangle slit.

4. Punch 2 holes at top of each flag to thread Hemp string through.

4. Add beads to the Hemp string.

5. Gather one of each feather type and bundle together using Hemp string.

6. Flip banner to have the back facing you. Then glue the feather bundle to the Hemp string in between each flag.

7. Glue the leather bunting string to both ends of the banner for that finishing touch.

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