Textile designer, Janaïna Milheiro is specialized in the creation and the realization of feather textile, embroidery and laces. Born in 1985 in Brazil, graduated from the prestigious art school Duperré and the National School of Industrial Design in France, Janaïna discovered feathers during a school project, in 2011. Since then, all her works covers this material.
Janaïna has received several rewards like « the Prize for the Creation » of the city of Paris in 2014, in the category of confirmed arts and crafts. Her activity was supported in particular by the « Fondation pour la Vocation », «les Ateliers de Paris », « la ville de Paris» and « la Fondation Banque Populaire ». Her work has also been exhibited in the Robert Four Gallery specialized in art tapestry.
The support of foundations and galleries allowed her to develop her own creations in conjunction with orders and collaborations with luxury brands like Guerlain, Hermès, Valentino, Cartier, Baccarat, Victoria Secret...
The exhibition at Mayaro starting in November 2018 is the first solo show dedicated to Janaïna Milheiro. The artist realized sculptures, suspensions and framed feather works.
Exhibition at Mayaro Gallery
Laced Feathers, November-April 2019
Janaïna Milheiro has developed very early her own stylistic mode of creation, which she calls fabric-feather, a way of combining lightness.
After having studied the creation of embroideries, weaving, laces…she introduced from the textile world some techniques which she converted and adapted. That’s how she discovered some framework devices to articulate her feathers. In her studio in Paris, she works out drawings by hand and by computer. She and her team master the technical meticulous drawings as well as the manual work of fabric, leather, plastic, metal combined with cut feathers.
Her creations are made out of henhouse birds feathers colored or bleached. Using her very own techniques of sewing together or cutting, Janaïna Milheiro creates some new sights with feather : lace, silk, flocking, gluing. One forgets the bird to see the appearance of motives, networks, rhythms… By transforming the feather into a flexible or a structured area, she creates a textile story within this material. In her way of assembling, she tries to create lightness and transparency : a breathing.
The exhibition highlights several types of her work : sculptures, articulations, panels, tapestries. .
The sculptures are totally aerials. She takes us in a very delicate plastic universe, with those three dimensions networks which seem to float effortless and whose structure is constituted by the feather itself.The sculptures are totally aerials. She takes us in a very delicate plastic universe, with those three dimensions networks which seem to float effortless and whose structure is constituted by the feather itself.
The articulations are pictures of motives tensioned where emptiness and feather alternate, with its drawing and its shape, create an optical space close to kinetic art. .
The panels are another way of segmentation of space by the feather. It is a work close to marquetry on wood : in which one can read the desire to recreate sometimes a texture, sometimes a way, or even a printed matter…completely hand made.
The tapestries are the result of a collaboration with the Robert Four gallery. From pieces of Aubusson’s carpets carefully selected, Janaïna Milheiro has created four original artworks, involving her feathers with the floral weaving of the 17th Century: a bird, flying away in the green and transforming.
The exhibition dedicated to Janaïa Milheiro allows us to approach an experimental and technical approach of the pen, which aims at creating articulated visual aspects. The pen frees itself from its naturalistic side to switch to a purely stylistic grammar.