Feather Chiaverini (they/them) is an artist who makes costumes, props, and performances that explore issues related to poverty, skill, and generational roles. Feather’s work is informed by the theatrical trades and material-vocabularies of their ancestry; Feather’s mother was an actress, their father owned a costume shop, and their grandfather was a professional clown. Inspired by devised theater techniques and the everyday hustle of their family, Feather builds immersive installations, soft sculptures, and digital environments to imagine new futures and create utopias made possible by the familial knowledge they were able to inherit.
Feather is interested in the roles we intentionally and/or unintentionally wear, interrogating the difference between a costume made in fear and one made in hope.
Interest in the multiple roles of costume began early for Feather, as they witnessed the many lives and stories one costume could possess without ever sacrificing its origin. With resilience and pluralism, they create props and costumes that are in a constant state of becoming. Feather embraces an amateur or ‘de-skilled’ aesthetic, elevating the utilitarian and everyday object in the process. Their aesthetic and the quickness with which they make and manipulate materials speaks to the resilience and resourcefulness of Queer, DIY communities.
Chiaverini is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture.