CULTURAL ARTS

Indigenous Feather Arts of Mexico

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on May 5, 2018

in CULTURAL ARTS,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

The Indigenous Feather Arts of Mexico also called Plumeria by the Amanteca people dates back to mesoamerica were feathers were valued as symbols of fertility and abundance and were considered to have magical properties and divine powers bestowing riches and power for those who used them or wore them. It was an important artistic and decorative technique in the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods in Mexico  with few surviving examples found in museums and private collections.

“Few works of Aztec feather art survive, although Hernán Cortés sent some as war trophies back to Spain. Following their takeover, the Spanish encouraged amantecas, or feather artists, to continue their work in today’s Mexico City and make icons of Catholic saints. As the editors write, within “months after the arrival of the conquerors, the Amantecas were creating feather objects destined for Europe as well as Asia … In their new settings, feather mosaics stimulated local artists to explore the medium.” – hyperallergic.com

The Mass of St. Gregory, feathers on wood panel, the oldest dated feather work with a Christian subject. Made by or for Diego Huanutzin, nephew and son-in-law of Moctezuma II to present to Pope Paul III, dated 1539, now in the Musée des Jacobins in Auch, France. Saint John the Evangelist (New Spain, 17th century), feather mosaic and paper on copper (Collection Daniel Liebsohn, all images courtesy Himer Verlag unless indicated)

Thankfully we can see some of these works of feather art in Images Take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe 1400–1700, the first thorough study of Mesoamerican feather mosaics which followed the 2011 exhibition at the National Museum of Art (MUNAL) in Mexico City.

Pages from ‘Images Take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe’ (photo of the book for Hyperallergic)

Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch Party

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 18, 2017

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

Take a peek of the Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch party, showcasing the best of what your favorite Mas Band has to offer for the 2018 Carnival Parade of the Bands presentation. Here are some of our favorite behind the scene and runway photos that we got.

Behind the scene with the ladies of Sambalushus, Bamboo Mas, Extacy Mas and The Mirage Mas …

Abraham Gonzalez-Pollick 2017 Hollywood Carnival KING shakes a tailfeather down the cat walk!

Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch Party

The one and only #SambaMama and owner of Sambalushus ; Guadalupe Dlushus .

Representing Latin America are these two beauties decked out in feathers!

Extacy Mas

Winners of the 2017 Hollywood Carnival Best Band and most anticipated theme launch… Shimmer & Shine

Chez Zen Nation

TriniFeters International

Carnival Jumbies

Bamboo Mas

The Mirage

Hollywood Massive

Hollywood Carnival 2018 is from June 21st-24th! Make sure to plan ahead and get in with one of these mas bands to participate in the parade. By purchasing a costume from one of the participating Mas Bands, you are automatically registered and are eligible to participate with them in the Parade of the Bands.

See you in June…

 

The Hollywood Carnival and Cultural Festival 2017 was an amazing, world class experience. Los Angeles is truly a melting pot of “vibrant multicultural & diverse communities of people” from all over the world. Several countries presented; from Guatemala to Trinidad, Brazil, Mexico and so many more. It was great to see all the different cultural representations and carnival costumes in one parade. Here are some of the images we captured while at the parade.We know it takes months of planning and preparation to put these costumes together. Fortunately feather supplies are easy to come by at The Feather Place, located downtown Los Angeles. Wholesale is available to all carnival and cultural dance customers! We loved all of the amazing feathered costumes made with unique color combinations incorporating ostrich plumes, rooster coque tails, goose palettes, pheasant tails, and peacock feathers. Embellished with flashy sequence appliques, beads and trims to catch your eye, each reveler brings individual style and artistry within their groups theme.We’d like to give a shout out to our friends Extacy Mas, Jam Design Concepts, Bamboo Mas, Sistas wit Style, Caribbean Zone Productions, People of the Sun, The Mirage, Abraham Gonzales-Pollick from A Royal Piece and ALL of our carnival clients for counting on The Feather Place this year. And a SPECIAL Thank you to Extacy Mas … Parading with you was the time of my life-xo!

“The Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival, are proud to present the annual Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival Parade – a world culture festival – expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people. This is a celebration of our cultures and traditions, featuring colorful costumes, dances, food, arts & crafts, and music from around the world.”

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on June 12, 2017

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

We are marching with PRIDE and Feathers this summer as PRIDE and LGBTQ celebrations roll out <3 . This past weekend marked the first of this summers celebrations starting in Los Angeles and across to Boston where Senator Elizabeth Warren joined the crowd in our bright Rainbow feather boa. We LOVE it!

Don’t miss out on the festivities… Join in the fun the weekend of June 23-25th 🏳️‍🌈

Details:  San Francisco Pride and Parade are the largest gathering of the LGBT community in the nation, featuring eclectic music that spans across several genres. Tickets are available here

Details: NYC Pride takes place at various venues throughout the city, but the music portion takes place on Friday and Saturday night at Pride Island. Tickets are available here.

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

Even man’s best friend knows that Love trumps Hate!

“Sister Sera Nade” with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, sings on the National Mall with the Capitol in the background during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017. Carolyn Kaster AP Photo Marching with PRIDE and Feathers To everyone marching & dancing at #BostonPride & celebrations across the country: Happy Pride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017 Marching with PRIDE and Feathers And I’m #wickedproud to march once again with @Baglyinc, a terrific group that empowers Boston LGBTQ youth. #BostonPride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017 Marching with PRIDE and Feathers I am #wickedproud to be from MA, the state that leads the way for LGBTQ equality. #BostonPride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers (Boston, Ma 061017) Donna Soltura (R) and other members of the Moving Violations Motorocycle Club Cheer as the Pride Parade begins. June 10, 2017 Staff photo Chris Christo

Marching with PRIDE and Feathers

I’m in this fight all the way so that equal means equal & everyone is treated with dignity & respect. #BostonPride — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017

6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 26, 2017

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

We are only days away from the 2017 Chinese New Year! Here are some fascinating “Year of the Rooster” facts you may not know about!

1. A Rooster year doesn’t start from January 1st!

A zodiac year starts from ‘Start of Spring’ according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, and ‘Start of Spring’ is on February 3rd in 2017. However, most Chinese tend to name a zodiac year from Chinese New Year according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, thus the 2017 lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.

2. Roosters will be unlucky in 2017!

According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed that Roosters (people who were born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, etc.) will be unlucky in 2017.

3. Rooster year 2017 has 2 springs!

Actually “spring starts” twice in lunar year 2017, according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which starts with a period called ‘Start of Spring’, which always begins within two days of February 4.

As lunar year 2017, starts on January 28th 2017, and finishes on February 15th 2018, there will be two ‘Start of Spring’s, one on February 3th 2017, and another on February 4th 2018.

Not all lunar years have two ‘Spring Starts’. Lunar years can have one start of ‘Start of Spring’, but sometimes none! This is because a Chinese lunar year can start any day from January 21st to February 20th, and is either about 354 or about 384 days long.

4. There are 13 months in year of the Rooster 2017!

To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there will be a leap month in 2017 (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd). So there are 13 lunar months instead of 12, which means there are 384 days in Rooster year 2017.

5. The Rooster is the fowl with five virtues.

Roosters were very important in people’s daily lives in ancient times. They were not only treated as food, like today, but in ancient times people regarded them as a mascot since they ate harmful insects.

(The shape of China on a map is often likened to a rooster by Chinese — with its beak above Japan (the worm), and Korea as its wattle, etc.)

As recorded in Hanshiwaizhuan (‘韩诗外传’, the External Commentary of Han Odes), Roosters have five virtues: literary, military prowess, courageous, benevolent, and trustworthy.

6. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm.

In ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks; they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 two-hour periods. Every period was named after a different Earthly Branch.

For the sake of entertainment and convenience, people replaced them with the 12 zodiac signs, according to their sequence, inventing sayings to relate each period to each animal’s behavior. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm, when roosters go back to their coops.

– http://www.chinahighlights.com/