FengHuang

The research on the Chinese traditional feather marquetry was conducted in 2014 during a residency at the Inside Out Art Museum in Beijing, China. The technic consists of fixing natural feathers (undyed ones only) to a support, one by one, with the help of a small brush and traditional glue made of animal and vegetal components.

I was particularly inspired by the very light ornaments made of rice-cardboard and decorated on both sides with the Tian-Tsui art (which uses kingfisher feathers exclusively). These ornaments could be hung to the clothes by a thread and would thus follow its owner's moves.

To make this collar fastening, I used FengHuang - a gracious and altruistic bird who brings quietude and good fortune to anyone who glimpses at him - as inspiration. In the Chinese mythology, the very symbolic description of this imaginary bird compares him, mostly, to five existing birds: the crane, the rooster, the duck, the peacock and the pheasant. It is also said that his plumage is made of the five colors that represent harmony: blue, red, yellow, green and white.
This feather marquetry has thus been created with natural feathers of those five birds in those five very colors. The collar fastenings’ clasp can move, allowing the FengHuang to swing when its wearer moves to make his ever-changing plumage play with the light.

Made thanks to the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Banque Populaire.

Casted rice paper pulp, steel, natural feathers of crane, rooster, duck, peacock and pheasant. 2014-2015.

Photo: Marion Delarue
Model: Linsy
Make-up & hair designer: Muriel Nisse


 

FengHuang

The research on the Chinese traditional feather marquetry was conducted in 2014 during a residency at the Inside Out Art Museum in Beijing, China. The technic consists of fixing natural feathers (undyed ones only) to a support, one by one, with the help of a small brush and traditional glue made of animal and vegetal components.

I was particularly inspired by the very light ornaments made of rice-cardboard and decorated on both sides with the Tian-Tsui art (which uses kingfisher feathers exclusively). These ornaments could be hung to the clothes by a thread and would thus follow its owner's moves.

To make this collar fastening, I used FengHuang - a gracious and altruistic bird who brings quietude and good fortune to anyone who glimpses at him - as inspiration. In the Chinese mythology, the very symbolic description of this imaginary bird compares him, mostly, to five existing birds: the crane, the rooster, the duck, the peacock and the pheasant. It is also said that his plumage is made of the five colors that represent harmony: blue, red, yellow, green and white.
This feather marquetry has thus been created with natural feathers of those five birds in those five very colors. The collar fastenings’ clasp can move, allowing the FengHuang to swing when its wearer moves to make his ever-changing plumage play with the light.

Made thanks to the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Banque Populaire.

Casted rice paper pulp, steel, natural feathers of crane, rooster, duck, peacock and pheasant. 2014-2015.

Photo: Marion Delarue
Model: Linsy
Make-up & hair designer: Muriel Nisse


 

FengHuang

The research on the Chinese traditional feather marquetry was conducted in 2014 during a residency at the Inside Out Art Museum in Beijing, China. The technic consists of fixing natural feathers (undyed ones only) to a support, one by one, with the help of a small brush and traditional glue made of animal and vegetal components.

I was particularly inspired by the very light ornaments made of rice-cardboard and decorated on both sides with the Tian-Tsui art (which uses kingfisher feathers exclusively). These ornaments could be hung to the clothes by a thread and would thus follow its owner's moves.

To make this collar fastening, I used FengHuang - a gracious and altruistic bird who brings quietude and good fortune to anyone who glimpses at him - as inspiration. In the Chinese mythology, the very symbolic description of this imaginary bird compares him, mostly, to five existing birds: the crane, the rooster, the duck, the peacock and the pheasant. It is also said that his plumage is made of the five colors that represent harmony: blue, red, yellow, green and white.
This feather marquetry has thus been created with natural feathers of those five birds in those five very colors. The collar fastenings’ clasp can move, allowing the FengHuang to swing when its wearer moves to make his ever-changing plumage play with the light.

Made thanks to the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Banque Populaire.

Casted rice paper pulp, steel, natural feathers of crane, rooster, duck, peacock and pheasant. 2014-2015.

Photo: Marion Delarue
Model: Linsy
Make-up & hair designer: Muriel Nisse