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Nelly Saunier

Nelly Saunier Featherworker
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Finding treasures in feathers

  • • Innovation is the foundation of Nelly's work with feathers
  • • Her signature style aims to astonish the viewer
  • • She won the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'intelligence de la main in 2009

Passionate about nature and birds as a child, Nelly Saunier discovered her vocation at the age of 14 and has never looked back. She studied feather design for three years at the Ecole Octave Feuillet and went on to finish her training in textile design at the Ensaama School of Art and Design in Paris. Beyond her work with feathers, she has also mastered drawing, textile design, dyeing and embroidery. “What I love about my craft is the making part, to be directly involved in the work and in creating, from start to finish,” she says. “Crafting a real identity, like a language, a unique and personal script,” brings Nelly great joy.

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Broche Piaget (Brooch Piaget)

Nelly Saunier created this elegant feather brooch in collaboration with Piaget. The brooch combines various shades of feathers with various hues of precious stones. She has used the rich colour hues of peacock and rollers feathers to bring this creation to life.

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This decorative bird cage was made as a commemorative piece for the 160 anniversary of maison Guerlain’s “flacon abeille”. The gilt metal cage is adorned with meticulously worked pheasant and peacock feathers. This piece was first presented in an event to promote master craftsmen held in a boutique on the Champs Élyséee, Paris.

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Boléro Garance

This bolero style jacket is a unique piece created on commission, specifically fitted to the client. The piece features a silk base adorned with a rich selection of colourful cockerel feathers as well as iridescent silver pheasant feathers.

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Collection Oiseaux Enchantés, Cadrans Extraordinaires

The watch dial of this unique limited edition watch by Van Cleef & Arpels, is decorated with a detailed image of a flying bird. Nelly Saunier, has cut and used feathers of the kookaburra bird, making use of the rich colour pallet of the feathers to create this rendition of a flying bird with open wings.

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Glycine Series

These tree climbers, part of Nelly’s Glycine Series, were fashioned from different hued goose feathers masterfully cut into shape. The trompe-l’oeil is an emblematic trait of Nelly’s work, and she often works around themes of nature, a theme dear to her since her travels and residency in Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto.

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