How did you discover your profession?
I had started designing shoes at Jean-Paul Gaultier when I met a featherworker and was instantly taken with the potential of the craft – the colour, the texture, the possibilities. I was delighted to realise you could do anything with this material.
What was the first feather creation you made?
As a solo artist, a Samurai coat-of-arms, but in feathers. Deep research into Japan and armour went into this large piece. A bird’s plumage is used to communicate or to be frightening, but it grants no protection. I loved playing with this parallel.
© Antoine Lippens
Where do your feathers come from?
Traditional plumassiers used exotic bird feathers, but no more. We respect the Washington Convention and all our feathers are remnants of the meat industry, dyed and available in large quantities. These feathers take colour exceptionally well.
How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
Everyone has seen how feathers are used in fashion, but less in other areas, such as furniture and design objects. By innovating with traditional techniques, we discover the new and unexpected. The only limit to our work is our imagination.