Burkina Faso Stories

the workshop story DESIGN FOR PEACE

4 November 2016
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Read in: French

« Wonder » could be the right word corresponding the best to define this collaboration. Starting with being able to transform tank shell in to precious jewels. And of course, being lucky to observe the detailed work performed by gifted artisans, I specialy think about Sidi and Waneibi, my 2 coworkers for the collaboration. I spent about 2 months with them, developing a jewels collection, essentially based on recyclable materials: tank shells for the bronze and inner tubes for the leather.

We were first inspired by samples the artisans created before the beginning of the residence. We worked together mixing their ideas and mine. We quickly found a creative collusion, everything was easy then. We were often stimulated by technical challenges. Each success was giving us the will to go farther, push over the fineness and get perfection. For instance, from a simple checkerboard pattern drawn on leather, we looked for changing the drawing by inlayed pieces of copper, then some inner tube, then dimensionalise the checkerboard pattern in 3D.

The inspiration was also provided by all the materials around us, the patterns we were seeing in the streets of the city. A simple walk in the streets of Ouagadougou was a real creative journey. One day, I’ve been amazed by huge dropped tires with astonishing patterns. When I returned to work, I talk about my idea with the artisans. We redraw the patterns of the tires on the jewels and it worked.

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