Alexis Noriega of Chandler, Ariz. designs gorgeous costume wings for a living. She named her business The Crooked Feather and has even been featured by People Magazine.
Something magical happens when you put on a pair of these wings.
For a few minutes, you feel empowered and get an idea of what it feels like to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel walking the runway in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Although that’s a feeling some would get, Noriega named her business The Crooked Feather because her vision was to be more edgy than angelic.
Business is booming now, but it was not always that way.
Noriega began designing wings after getting into cosplay. She watched a tutorial on how to make wings and wanted to master the ability. She started practicing and quickly learned how just difficult it is.
“It was just a hot mess,” she recalled.
After some trial and error, she perfected her skills and her business grew.
Balancing a full-time job and her side-business became overwhelming. At one point, she realized her wings were more than just a hobby.
“It got to the point where I had to pick one and I choose to try at this, because I’m my own boss,” she said.
Noriega has yet to look back.
Her wing sets are customized to the buyer and take about six hours to make. Prices range from $150 to more than $2,000. Not only are there a range of colors, but she even makes wings that move!
“It got to the point where they’re moving and they’re electric,” she said.
Noriega loves to be challenged and collaborate with customers to create something new.
“A lot of times what I’m making is a character that somebody has shown me as a reference imagine of, so I try to replicate what they’ve given me,” Noriega explained.
With birds being her favorite animal, she finds a lot of inspiration from nature.
“Owls and ravens and little birds and all their patterning. Like, nature already had these really cool designs and patterns already,” she explained.