Feather Artist BACKGROUND With a degree in psychology and a few years spent as an archivist, some would say Émilie Moutard-martin took quite the detour before settling into a trade that’s given her an immense source of inspiration and brought her worldwide acclaim: feather artistry. Drawn to the unique aesthetic of feathers, she dabbled in millinery until she established her atelier in 2012.
DESIGN SIGNATURE Her process involves first understanding the nature and complexities of the materials she’s working with, all the while maintaining utmost respect for the birds that enable the art form. Her pieces provide a multisensory experience. While she uses other materials such as pearls, sequins and threads as complements, she always makes sure to bring the characteristics of the feathers to the fore.
BRANCHING OUT Moutard-martin has lent her expertise to the watchmaking world, collaborating with Piaget in creating a unique piece for its Secrets & Lights—a Mythical Journey collection, a line that highlights the beauty and mystique of Venice. She has embellished the dial of Piaget’s iconic Altiplano watch with elaborate marquetry created with feathers. Émilie MoutardMartin cuts feathers for the dial of the Piaget Altiplano