Ém­i­lie Moutard-martin

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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


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