feather arts

FLOATING MEMORIES exhibition – Feather Fine Art

by The Feather Place NYC on August 29, 2018

in FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

Jorge Mayet is one of the most prominent Cuban contemporary artists.

All of his works carry a tremendous amount of life values and experiences. His installations were on display this summer at Hotel Indigo in NYC, in “Floating Memories”, the artist explores an anthology of remnants and collective memories.

Sueño al amparo de la noche

As we explore deeper into this exhibition, our minds are taken into the fleeting moments belonging to the artist’s life and the Cuban diaspora. Mayet introduces us to the tangible idea of the separation of families as he transports us into pure metaphors about liberation and exile.

In one of his pieces (Obatala, 2016) exhibited at the Indigo Hotel, he utilizes certain distinctive nature elements such as duck, chicken and goose feathers as he relates to us a delicate message about freedom and exploration.

To learn more about Jorge Mayet and his works please visit his website (https://jorgemayet.com/portfolio/).

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our beautiful collection of natural feathers! http://www.featherplace.com/

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.

Feather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee RoseFeather Arts and Fantasies by Lorra Lee Rose

“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










UK-BASED MARCELA TRŠOVÁ FINDS FREEDOM IN FLIGHT

by The Feather Place NYC on March 6, 2015

in FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

UK-BASED MARCELA TRŠOVÁ FINDS FREEDOM IN FLIGHT

This week we would like to introduce you to artwork by UK-based artist Marcela Tršová. Interested in the connections and differences between our inner and outer experiences, Tršová creates artworks that are flush with symbolism – web gallery. Her 2011 work titled “Messengers” hopes to capture the freedom inherent in the flight of our feathered friends. Tršová used crow feathers, copper wires and magpie feathers to create magnificent avian structures that capture the essence of flight.

“Flight has always represented freedom from the physical restrictions of earthbound life and the ascent of the soul to the goods [sic] either through a mystical experience or through death.”

“Birds share something of the same symbolic meaning, but because they come from the skies they can also assume the role of messengers from higher powers[…], whether for good or ill.”- Marcela Tršová

MARCELA TRŠOVÁ FINDS FREEDOM IN FLIGHT










Futuristic Feathers

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 9, 2015

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART,HAIR & HAT

Futuristic Feathers

graphic visualizations of 'birdy' military accessories

Dynamic Duo – Meriç Canatan and Fatosh Erhuy are London and Cologne based designers who use feathers to create wearable fashion pieces. Together they have worked to create the ready to wear “birdy” accessory line which includes pheasant feather fascinators, headbands, guinea feather bowties and plumed scarfs.

“…’birdy’, a set of adornments for individuals to supplement their outfits. from epaulets and bowties, to fascinators and headbands, Canatan and Erhuy employ feathers as their chosen medium in which to question gender norms, referencing the way in which birds and other fowl use their plumage to display body language.” – www.designboom.com 

BIRDY ADORNMENTS

They kick it up a notch with their avant garde collection “birdy 2214”. This collection showcased at the 2014 istanbul design biennial & takes us to the year 2214 with futuristic militant feathered designs. Covered in a variety of Pheasant and Turkey Plumage; Gas Masks, Grenades and Helmets have never been so fashionable!

“…for the 2014 istanbul design biennial, the duo elaborate on this work with ‘birdy 2214′, in which the wearables transform delicate feathers into garments of protection. it is comprised of experimental relics, military accessories such as gas masks, helmets and knee pads, that speak of a future time. precisely the year 2214, where civilians have adapted to constant military occupation and where the associated attire and gear has become commonplace and fashionable, customized for everyday use.”- www.designboom.com 

BIRDY2214

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