Reblogged from the NYTimes, 3 January 2007
By LILY KOPPEL
EVEN IN A CITY full of talented people with eclectic interests, Irving Feller’s combination of work and obsession stands out. Mr. Feller is a furrier by trade and an abstract artist out of love.
He can make a sumptuous fur coat from scratch as easily as he can create jarring works of pattern and color. And both pursuits are informed by his passion for American Indian culture. All this has transformed his family’s fur business, started in 1916 by his father, into an unexpected preserve of one man’s vision.
Among the furs, paired with Mardi Gras beads draping the window’s mannequin to celebrate the new year, are a trove of artifacts: turquoise rings, a feathered headdress labeled “Child’s War Bonnet” and hand-sewn baby moccasins.