Introducing The Feather Patch Collection, Inspired by Kate MccGwire’s Ethereal Sculptures

We stumbled upon an incredible exhibition of artist Kate MccGwire last October in Paris at La Galerie Particuliere, and was instantly hooked by the mounted feather sculptures and installations that so powerfully spoke to our minds. Later on, we again encountered her show at Gallery Huit in Hong Kong with some of her wall pieces and drawings as well. The thought lingered, and later on led to the development of our “SONOMAMA” collection.

Convolous, Mixed media with rooster feathers in antique cabinet, 2015 (Image: Kate MccGwire)

Convolous, Mixed media with rooster feathers in antique cabinet, 2015 (Image: Kate MccGwire)

Kate MccGwire, an artist who has deliberately sticked to the medium of discarded feathers of pigeons, ducks, magpie, pheasants and crows, has created her distinctive language in the art scene. Three days after her graduation show at the Royal College of Art, MccGwire was triggered the love and interest by Charles Saatchi, and set up another installation there right after. Since then, she continued to challenge our perception of beauty, and by using the element that many discarded, and merge them into giant, monstrous like recreations.

Flail, Mixed media with crow feathers in antique cabinet, 2013 (Image: Kate MccGwire)  

Flail, Mixed media with crow feathers in antique cabinet, 2013 (Image: Kate MccGwire)
 

The sculptures, often in spiral forms, or even kept inside a big glass box, communicates a sense of danger, horror, disgust, but at the same time deeply touched by its wonder, its energy, and its powerful voice.

Vice, Mixed media with pigeon feathers in antique cabinet, 2009 (Image: Kate MccGwire)

Vice, Mixed media with pigeon feathers in antique cabinet, 2009 (Image: Kate MccGwire)


"We’ve put human characteristics against these birds that actually are quite contrary and don’t make any sense at all.”


“Pigeons are regarded as disgusting; they are thought of as rats with wings. But you’ve got a dove, which is the same species. They are exactly the same strain of bird - one is white and one is grey. The dove is the symbol of peace, purity and hope, and the pigeon is a rat with wings.” MccGwire said in an interview with Huffington Post“So we’ve put human characteristics against these birds that actually are quite contrary and don’t make any sense at all.”

Quell, Pigeon feathers, mixed media and antique cabinet, 2011 (Image: Kate MccGwire)

We continue to be fascinated by the art of leaving things untouched, discarded, or overlooked in our perceptions, to create and carry on its beauty and spirit. That was our initial approach when creating the “Feather Series” patches for the “SONOMAMA” collection.


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THE FEATHER SERIES

The four patches – “Charcoal”, “Coral” , “Merlot” and "Maya" are all  100% handmade in Italy by an atelier specialized in natural feathers. Each piece of feather was hand stitched onto the patch, and dyed with natural coloring that creates a shiny, sunburst effect that makes them a luxurious statement to the bag collection. Easily attachable or detachable with the signature four press buttons onto the TOTE 01, BACKPACK 01 and the TING O1, it is our wish to create unique beauty to compliment with the functional and simplistic design of TOTEM COLLECTIVE.

MERLOT, CHARCOAL & CORAL Feather patches

MERLOT, CHARCOAL & CORAL Feather patches

The SONOMAMA feather patches are now available to purchase in store.