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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)

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 28, 2018

in FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

The unique Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose began as chance encounter with costume feathers and masks. Since then Laura Lee’s Feather Fantasies have evolved into a full time life’s work and passion. Using naturally molted and ethically sourced feathers, Lorra Lee Rose painstaking hand selects each feather one by one creating beautiful Feathered Human Figures, Masks and Crystal works of art.

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“Her sense of respect for the birds that provide her their molted feathers leads Lorra Lee to honor them in turn, by using their precious gift to create beautiful work that is worthy of their natural beauty.

The recipient of numerous awards, private commissions, showings at art festivals, and exhibits in museums, Lorra Lee has maintained a flourishing career as a prolific artist. – CODA Gallery

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

You can find these Feather Arts and Fantasies at the CODA Gallery or commision your own piece by contacting the artist.Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

Comme des Garcon,  Art  of the “In- Between” is a brilliant exhibition that combines fashion and art.  The exhibition explores the avant-garde design works by Kawakubo.  It takes us away from our comfort zone and brings us to this completely deconstructed world and challenges us on the different conventional notions of good taste, aesthetics, beauty and fashionability. “In- Between” explores some of Kawakubo’s works dating from 1980’s all the way  to some of her most recent collections.
This exhibition takes us into different stages  of aesthetics where we are able to see the revolutionary experiments in “In-Betweenness” (The place between boundaries).  It’s divided into nine different area where kawakubo’s explores notions of aesthetics, which include:  Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Antifashion, Model/ Multiple,  Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/ Subject and Clothes/ Not Clothes. 
The explosion of feather textures is introduced to the Fiction/ Fact Section where Kawakubo explores storytelling tendencies which are presented into three thematic collections: Blue Witch and it’s Predecessors Lilith, Dark Romance, Witch.  The silhouettes showed in these  collections are a dismantle of man’s formal wear transformed into surrealist  abstract displacements. The silhouettes and forms are distorted and that allows a sense of storybook-like disorientation.
These are our images from the show…Enjoy!

The rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 16, 2016

in CULTURAL ARTS,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

Known to be the rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses ; El Penacho de Moctezuma can be found not in Mexico, but in Austria and the reason might surprise you.

The Institute of Esthetic Studies of the UNAM has determined that since there is no transportation technology with zero vibrations, El Penacho de Moctezuma located in Austria can not be transported back to it’s homeland of to Mexico. Made with rare quetzal feathers and trimmed with gold, silver and copper, Attempting to transport the feather headdress back to Mexico could prove devastating.

In order for the precious object to return back to our country after nearly 500 years, it would be required for zero vibration transportation technology in order to preserve it in its current state. – institutoculturaldeleon.org.mx

The rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses ” The Penacho feather headdress allegedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II has gone on display at the Museum fur Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna. Some say it was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, others that it was used by an Aztec high priest. In any case the flaming green-and-blue headpiece — the only one of its kind still in existence — remains at the centre of a tug-of-war between Mexico, which would like to bring it home, and Austria, which argues it is too fragile to be transported. ” Picture: AFP

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Janaïna Milheiro Feather Textile Arts

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 2, 2016

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

Artisan Janaïna Milheiros feather textile arts and designs are truly one of a kind!  From the large scale feather art installations and window dressing to delicate couture feather floral crowns, Janaïna Milheiros work could be seen dressing the windows of Cartier or at the Hermès boutique in Miami to the runways of the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2016 and Valentino pre-Collection Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 shows.

Janaïna Milheiro Feather Textile Arts Collage

“She does not consider feather as an ornament, as a feather worker would, but she treats it as a weaver, an embroiderer or even a sewer would, by cutting the edges, assembling them as if they were beads or ribbons…”- www.tissusetartisansdumonde.fr