Henar Iglesias

Henar Iglesias was raised at her mother’s millinery studio while observing his father’s paintings. She studied Mathematics at the same time she was learning the maternal craft. That’s the way she discovered the magic of feathers and realized that there was no training in that art as such so she

decided to specialize in it. In Mexico she got to know the pre-Columbian tradition of the Amantecas, which opened her the feather mosaic universe.

She has worked as a feather artisan in the field of headgear and clothing, combining this profession with creating feathers for a french furniture author. For 10 years they have held more than 20 projects together, the last one in 2016.

Since then, she has continued to explore design decoration and esculpture with feathers. Prior to 2014, she participated in several group exhibitions at the Bat Gallery and Espacio Valverde, both in Madrid.

She has been nominated for the “Loewe International Craft Prize” in 2019.

"My main job is to investigate feather techniques and make them my own. The millinery background I grew up with has also helped me in that research. I’m convinced that a designer who does not create it’s own designs and investigate deeply looses lots of information along the way.

When I began to specialize in feathers, I dreamt of a compendium

of world techniques to consult and nowadays,

step by step, I’m writing it.

All the pieces of this portfolio are a collection of proposals, but in fact my specialty is focussing on custume-made designs. What’s most inspiring for me is to be able to put all my knowledge at the service of the aesthetic needed in each situation, whether it is a place or a person.

The feathers I work with are obtained in different ways; home consumption birds, neighbours and nature, the sport trade of the fishing fly or the feather clothing market on bird’s farms. My dream is to have my own farm so that I can take good care of every step of the process"

  La plumassière, Henar Iglesias, a reçu le prix “Loewe international craft prize” en 2019. HOMO FABER VENISE 2022   Son art prend source chez les amantecas , ces artistes précolombiens qui ont perfectionné la technique artistique et décorative du travail de la plume. Ce savoir-faire antique et unique utilise les plumes pour créer des oeuvres comme des coiffes ou des mosaïques. Au XVIe siècle, les conquérants espagnols , impressionnés par cet art du Nouveau Monde, envoient des pièces en Espagne. Les échanges créatifs avec l' Europe se renforcent et transforment petit à petit le travail de la plume.   La plumassière, Henar Iglesias, a reçu le prix “Loewe international craft prize” en 2019.     ENGLISH Her art takes its source from the amantecas, the pre-Columbian artists who perfected the artistic and decorative technique of working with feathers. This ancient and unique know-how uses feathers to create works such as headdresses and mosaics. During the 16th century, Spanish conquerors, impressed by art from the New World, sent pieces back to Spain. Creative exchanges with Europe increased and gradually transformed how feather artists worked.     The feather artist, Henar Iglesias, received the “Loewe international craft prize” in 2019.