Featured Artist/Designer

Peace Love Music Feathers ; Interview with London based artist, songstress and friend Vera Black – Fashion for the Free 🖤

PEACE*LOVE*MUSIC*FEATHERS | VERA BLACK

Please tell us about the “First” feather accessory you made, where were you and where is that piece now?
I remember it was back in 2010 I just finished my first tour across the US, my husband Luke & I played 8 shows in 5 states. We started in New York and ended in LA, those 3 months on the road travelling through the states, really inspired me, it gave me a lot of ideas of how I wanted to visually look like on stage.
I couldn’t find what I was looking for to create that look, so I decided to have a go at making my own accessories and outfits….
I made a trip to the Feather Place in Downtown LA and met Cristina, it was her first day there and she is still there to this day.
She showed me through the whole range and I bought a load of feathers, at this stage not really knowing what I was going to do with them.
When I got back home to Sydney, I started to experiment. I discovered you could create incredible patterns by layering feathers on top of one another and I became obsessed..
The first thing I made was a beaded feather hair clip, they look very different to when I first started, they are a lot more detailed now.
I wore those same feathers everyday for about 4 years, until one day my Mum was helping organize my workshop and I walked in to see her taking apart my prized possession, the first feather clip I ever made. I was like “OMG! What are you doing??” She screamed and threw it in the air, “I thought this was just some old thing, it doesn’t look like anything you would have made.” I told her how it was sentimental and it was the first thing I made…She felt so bad…but it was actually the best thing to happen as now, I never keep anything, I sell everything and wear whatever is my latest design. It’s quite funny, now….

What inspires you when making a new piece?
Many things, some of my designs come to me in my dreams, I wake up with a mental picture of what I’m going to create.
Materials I am working with also inspire, I love shopping for materials, that’s when you get a good picture in your mind as to what you could create.
I get all excited when I have new colors, beads and materials to play around with. Being a musician I get inspired by other musicians and their fashion, I like to design things that I think, Keith Richards, Jim Morrison, Stevie Nicks or Johnny Depp might like to wear, chances are other people who like their style would like to wear them to.

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Why use feathers…?
I come from a Maori background, which is native to New Zealand, feathers were worn to show status in the tribe as well as a spiritual purpose, much like Native American’s. Also growing up in the country in Perth, Western Australia, I had my own horse, I was always collecting fallen feathers and braiding them into my horses hair or in my own….
I had no idea that it would lead me to braiding and working with feathers everyday of my life, whilst building a successful fashion label.

Where can people find you?
My workshop has been based in Twickenham for the last 5 years, which is just outside of London in the UK. There are 4 of us in my home workshop hand making everything to keep up with the demand.
My husband runs our Camden Stall at Camden Lock Market, he is there every Weekend and some days during the week. I trade at the famous Portobello Market every Saturday, which is where I first started when I first moved to London. This is my one-day out of the workshop, so it’s quite a social day for me, I have lots of friends there.
Nearly all our U.S. customers, have found us on ETSY, also our online store is VERABLACK.COM. I am also available to do custom designs for whatever the occasion.

PEACE*LOVE*MUSIC*FEATHERS
VERA BLACK

We love featuring our talented clients especially when showcasing artistry created with the help of our feather products. Let the sultry Ariana Savalas & Los Angeles-based dance troupe, LA Follies tickle you fancy with brilliant this arrangement of Blank Space!

Here is a Postmodern Jukebox Vintage Cabaret with the LA Follies ; who had a had a residency with Postmodern Jukebox the fall of 2014 thru the spring of 2015 at Hyde on Sunset. In addition they toured with them throughout Southern California, Las Vegas and the UK. We asked them about that experience and how feathers played a role in their costumes and props.

…the brilliant Scott Bradlee is constantly creating new arrangements of songs. We had the amazing opportunity to be in one of their videos- however there are always a few obstacles. One- the space to perform in  was very very very tight for the number of dancers, there was no edit- the singer/music is all live and a single shot- and we didn’t have the music till a few days before (the band had been touring and doing a residency all whilst creating new arrangements- they are incredibly talented). Also- when we received the music it was just the piano and singing- we didn’t know what the bass- percussion- horns or anything else would sound like until we arrived. Scott is incredibly open artistically and allowed us to utilize our artistic voice. Ariana Savalas who is fabbbb – is a big fan of vintage cabaret style theater. Since we couldn’t do our usually big kicks- turns etc..  I was at a loss… We had recently done a gig that you may have seen featured in the LA Times or Rolling Stone – the Schlitzbouts. For that event- we had bought an array of feather fans to perform our number Quizas. Luckily, I had the fans in the car (which is often where I get a lot of my choreo ideas- thanks la traffic) and thought of utilizing the fans in the video. The fans saved our hide! They have such vibrant colors (a lot of our costumes are black)- they add a lot visually but the dancers can be relatively stationary and in tight formations with still providing a visual impact. They are the best best best prop- and they came with us on tour throughout the UK and continue to be added to our costumes- props (they were part of our glow in the dark Black Swan performance at last year’s Latin Grammy Official Pre-Party in Vegas)! Thanks Feather Place! Your the feather in our cap- literally!

Postmodern Jukebox Vintage Cabaret with the LA Follies

Nifty Balloons is making a statement with Feathers

The Feather Place is pleased to announce our Featured Artists and Designers program; Showcasing the highest quality artistry and designs created with our feather products. Up first are our friends over at Nifty Balloons! From bracelets to tiaras, jet packs and motorcycles, David and Shayna have a knack for bringing a fresh new style to the world of balloon art and often use our ostrich feathers for their designs.Nifty Balloons making a statement with Feathers

Nifty Balloons is redefining children’s event entertainment! Husband and wife duo David and Shayna Brenion fill celebrations with fancy, whimsical, wearable fun! Working at high-class events in Los Angeles, the couple wanted to bring an extra element of elegance to their work, and The Feather Place’s ostrich plumes have been an enormous hit, bringing their balloon fascinators to the next level! Party guests are amazed, and event pictures are filled with smiles and color. Live, interactive, customized and unique! This is world-class Balloon Art!

Nifty Balloons making a statement with Feathers

David and Shana Brenion live and work in the Los Angeles area. If you need entertainment, balloon twisting, or face painting for a party in LA, Ventura, Santa Monica, give Nifty Balloons a call! 805-665-7791

Nifty Balloons making a statement with Feathers
Nifty Balloons making a statement with FeathersNifty Balloons making a statement with Feathers
Nifty Balloons making a statement with Feathers
 Photo Credits : David Brenion

Become a Featured Artist/Designer with The Feather Place & Zucker Feather Products and show the world how you express yourself with feathers. We are committed to showcasing the highest quality designs that can be created with our feather products. If you are interested in being a Featured Artists/Designer, please contact us at tfpla@featherplace.com.