With the brilliant Maison et Objet 2019 on the way, many professionals and enthusiasts in the art and design field head towards Paris, the charming City of Lights. If you have any chance to visit those romantic streets that seem to have escaped from a classic movie, now or in the future, here are some of the best Parisian master artisans whose workshops you need to know when you love and treasure the finest craftsmanship as much as we do.
1. Gérald Vatrin is one of the best european master artisans dedicated to glass sculpture and glassblowing. Originally from Nancy, with degrees from the fine art school of Épinal and from CERFAV, he combines his talent with a vast knowledge of History of Art.
2. Frédérique Petit is a musician and plastic artist that, in 1971, discovered different textile techniques, until she finally focused on tapestry. She immediately felt comfortable in the miniature format. One of her most important collection exhibitions took place over more than 20 years: “Stories of carpets” a gathering of 100 miniature rugs.
3. In her Parisian atelier, Janaïna Milheiro creates and combines textiles and bird feather for the luxury sector: fashion and decoration. Surrounded by artisans and designers, she develops her own know-how to offer a personal and innovative vision of bird feathers. An experimental and technical approach, which aims to create captivating visuals and new uses. Trained in craft and industrial textile techniques, she proposes astonishing laces of feathers, silks woven with feathers, flocking of feathers, but also three-dimensional networks and real sculptures made with feathers.
4. Alice Riehl creates porcelain 3D-wall art and sculptures inspired by nature. She discovered porcelain in Sèvres during he training and it has become her medium of choice since then. To make it hers, she combined it with laces from the very beginning. This comes from her family inheritance. The texture effect it produces is her work’s signature. She entirely models with her own hands all the pieces, in her studio located at the center of Paris. No mould is involved in the process, so each piece is unique and carries its own soul and shape.
5. Graduated from the Duperré School of Applied Arts, Géraldine Gonzalez was a shoe stylist before devoting herself to sculpture. In this artist’s creations the functionality is not absent. The light materials are her preference: paper and crystal, for example. These materials have the desired transparency.
6. Duy Anh Nhan Duc was born in 1983 in Vietnam and now lives and works in Paris. Nature is at the heart of this visual artist’s works. As a self-taught artist, Duy specialises in working with plants. Through his work, he intends to capture the unique appeal of vegetation and to stage it in the narrative it brings to his mind.
7. Cabinet maker Ludwig Vogelgesang draws his inspiration from the raw materials he uses. It triggers the emotion, the desire and the drive to create. Wood is the essence of his work. Every day through his work, he learns more about the power of nature and its nobility.
8. Hervé Wahlen is a self-taught copper worker and sculptor. After obtaining his BA in Literature, Hervé started to experiment with sculptural work using a number of materials such as wood, cement and forged brass, until he finally started to work with copper. Hervé quickly adopted a taste for shaping his works by hand.
We hope this voyage inspires you to treasure Arts and Crafts even more and, maybe, even consider it as a profession or a passion.
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