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Burkina Faso Stories

the workshop story DESIGN FOR PEACE

4 November 2016

« 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…

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Colombia Peru Stories Workshops

the workshop story JORGE + JANETH

27 October 2016

For this project, I had this crazy idea to mix two countries expertise, going to one’s atelier to the other. First, was Jorge. I met him in San Jeronimo, a tiny town in the heart of Peru. San Jeronimo is the high site for Peruvian jewelry art. Most of the towns businesses are jewel shops and jewel ateliers, real life dream. I visited Jorge’s shop one cheerful morning to explain my project to him. We got on well though and…

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Peru Stories

the workshop story YANESHA

19 October 2016

November the 23rd 2015: « We are driving to the Amazon community. I’m anxious but excited. I’m worried I haven’t spent enough time preparing my project with all this accumulated stress and tiredness ». I’ve been dreaming about this project in the Amazon for years. It was, for me, the ultimate experience and a strong personal challenge. When I realized it was about to happen, I was thrilled by an inexhaustible energy. Everything started in France, when I met Annie Erens, founder…

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Guatemala Stories

the workshop story TRAMATEXTILES

6 September 2016

For the workshop with Trama Textiles in the city of Xela, I wanted everything to go perfectly. I knew I would work with extremely talented craftswomen, so I couldn’t allow myself to go unprepared. I thought of a pattern inspired by the traditional mayan patterns. I chose chevron pattern, symbol of the “feathered serpent”, a mayan god who created the earth according to mayan mythology. I had also wanted to work for some time on a gradient pattern in nuances…

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Australia Stories

the workshop story IKUNTJI SCARVES

25 August 2016

For this second workshop with Ikuntji, I worked on a series of scarves with artists Gordon, Patrick and Patricia. I wanted to mix prints from one of my personal projects with their paintings and their own styles. For this, I presented them images of my project and I had roughly drawn some studies and compositions of scarves to give them ideas. Each of them chose a composition they liked the most and recreated my patterns in their own way. It…

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Australia Stories

the workshop story IKUNTJI SNEAKERS

23 August 2016

When I arrived at Ikuntji artists for this workshop, we hadn’t prepared anything whatsoever. It’s when I got there, after a few words with Chrischona, the centre manager, that our project was born. Ikuntji artists has a superb collection of paintings, and there was in the reserve of the nearby shop a container full of old sneakers. It all went smoothly from there: asking artists to reproduce their paintings on sneakers. So I chose from the paintings the ones that…

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Australia Stories

the workshop story BABBARRA DESIGNS

19 August 2016

For this very first workshop, I proposed to make a mini collection at the Babbarra centre. The idea was quite simple : I would design the shape of the clothes, the Babbarra centre would provide the prints. So I flew the distance of approximately 15000km from France to Australia with new patterns freshly designed for the workshop. On site, Julia, the manager of the centre, presented me their collection of prints. I chose one by Susan Marawarr, an artist who…

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