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Laurence Le Constant

Laurence Le Constant Featherworker
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French, Creole, English
Hours:
By appointment only
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+33 645322156
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Life, death and feathers

  • • Laurence is a multifaceted craftswoman and artist
  • • Her roots and her family inspire her work
  • • Each of her pieces holds deep significance

Laurence Le Constant first learned featherworking while she was working in the haute couture ateliers of Chanel, Dior and Givenchy, among other Maisons. During her lunchbreaks, a colleague would share the skills of the craft with her. It was only years later, when she felt the need to start creating again, that she went back to it – inspired to resume the craft when birds came into her studio and landed on the piece she was working on. Feathers have been part of her creations ever since. Born on Reunion island, Laurence attempts to build links with her family’s history, grievances and country through her work. Although her art might strike some as grim, skulls are symbolic of cultures where death is part of life, and where life is celebrated nonetheless. “If everyone brings their difference, their treasure, we can all achieve extraordinary things,” she says.

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Works

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Clarisse

This sculpture by artist Laurence Le Constant represents a life-size skull. It is part of the series My Lovely Bones. Entirely made of feathers on resin, the skulls in the series are created using feathers from different birds to give them the feel and energy attached to those birds. Clarisse is made of white goose feathers.

Length 20 cm
Width 16 cm
Height 22 cm

Laurence Le Constant Featherworker
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Coline

This life-size skull is part of the series My Lovely Bones by featherworker Laurence Le Constant. Each skull in the series is created using different birds' feathers, in this case duck and pheasant. The colours of the feathers are bright and lively in peacock blue, sunflower yellow and glowing red, giving the skull a flamboyant feel.

Length 20 cm
Width 13.5 cm
Height 22 cm

Laurence Le Constant Featherworker
Photo: © Laurence Le Constant
Miriam

This sculpture, part of Laurence Le Constant’s My Lovely Bones series, represents a life-size skull made of resin and feathers. Each skull in the series uses specific feathers and shades of colours. In this case, duck and pheasant feathers create a marbled effect in yellow ochre and black.

Length 20 cm
Width 13.5 cm
Height 22 cm

Laurence Le Constant Featherworker
Photo: © Laurence Le Constant
Maya

This sculpture of a life-size skull is part of Laurence Le Constant’s series My Lovely Bones. It is made of resin and natural duck feathers of a shaded asphalt and azure blue colour. At the top of the skull are five mosasaur teeth, positioned to resemble a mohawk, which add to the theme of animal materials.

Length 22 cm
Width 17 cm
Height 26 cm

Laurence Le Constant Featherworker
Photo: © Laurence Le Constant
Sophia

This sculpture of a doe was named Sophia. Made of various materials including glass, leather, crystal, resin and feathers from different birds, the doe is over a metre long. The white and smoked rock crystal clogs that constitute the hooves of the animal amplify the sense of serenity she evokes, while her piercing blue eyes are particularly lifelike.

Length 106 cm
Width 57 cm
Height 42 cm

Laurence Le Constant Featherworker

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