Julien Vermeulen

Feather art brings together everything i love: color, material, volume and history.

Julien Vermeulen’s art is the art of rediscovering the enchantment of feathers.

Winner of the 2018 Fondation Bettencourt Schueller prize "pour l’intelligence de la main – Talents d’exception", Julien Vermeulen is one of the few remaining feathercraft artists in Paris and certainly the most sought after! A fashion stylist with a degree in the visual arts, this young feather worker was first trained at the Octave Feuillet School, the last institution to teach this skill in France, before rapidly devoting all his talents to this ancient and delicate art.

Noted for its unique style, the "Maison Julien Vermeulen", founded in 2014, works with bird feathers for the major Haute Couture houses of fashion and design keen to showcase this traditional craft - Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton...

This young artist insists on innovation and reinvention, constantly pushing against technical limitations. While respecting traditional feather art, Julien develops techniques and uses for feathers. Scientific treatments and dyeing techniques make it possible to transform the appearance of feathers. Whether burnt, frizzed (curled), colored or glued..., peacock, ostrich, goose and pheasant feathers, are made fit for the limelight. His creative output is prolific and spectacular: in his hands, feathers become now painting, now wall panels, now decorative items, now ornaments and sculpture.

Julien has appointed ambassador for French craftsmanship by the National Fund for Promotion and Communication of Craftsmanship, and after designing the "Illusion Wall" for the Palais de Tokyo – a 20 square meter wall covered with more than 10,000 feathers – has many projects in mind! 

The works of this skillful high-flier have to be seen – and touched!

Works by Julien Vermeulen

Bado Senshi

Julien Vermeulen

Inspired by samurai armor, this feather sculpture won the best creation award from the City of Paris.

Black Corals Surface

Julien Vermeulen

With this series of monochrome feather art works entitled "Surfaces", the artist plays the material off against light to engage our senses.

Large decorative feather panel by Julien Vermeulen, French artist.
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Black Eole 1

Julien Vermeulen

In Greek mythology, the winds are submitted to Aeolus, who holds them captive or unleashes them. With the Black Aeolus series, the artist textured his feathers to give the illusion of movement and depth, evoking with force storms, tornadoes, shipwrecks.

Black Ocean

Julien Vermeulen

With Black Ocean, a decorative panel, the artist continues his series of monochrome feathers. The sparkling reflections and the movement of the feathers plunge us into the myth of Icarus.

Sunset

Julien Vermeulen

Like a sunset illuminating the deep blacks of the feather, this panel by artist Julien Vermeulen continues the series dedicated to the myth of Icarus.

Surface Blanchee

Julien Vermeulen

With this series of monochrome feather art works entitled "Surfaces", the artist plays the material off against light to engage our senses around the issues of hunting trophies and wounds.

Surface Noire

Julien Vermeulen

With this series of monochrome feather art works entitled "Surfaces", the artist plays the material off against light to engage our senses around the issues of hunting trophies and wounds.