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Willow Rabbit

The Willow pattern is a distinctive and elaborate chinoiserie pattern used on ceramic kitchen/housewares. It became popular at the end of the 18th century in England when, in its standard form, it was developed by English ceramic artists combining and adapting motifs inspired by fashionable hand-painted blue-and-white wares imported from China.

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Chainsaw

Based on a 1960’s model, the chainsaw is built with linen canvas and embroidered with tapestry wool.

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Sweet Dreams

Tapestry wool embroidery on canvas.

Queen Elisabeth II

Before the arrival of the sovereign, the Imperial State Crown is carried to the Palace of Westminster in its own State Coach. From the Victoria Tower, the Crown is passed by the Queen’s Bargemaster to the Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain’s office. It is then carried, along with the Great Sword of State and the…

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Karl Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx (German pronunciation: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈhaɪnʀɪç ˈmaɐ̯ks]; 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx’s work in economics laid the basis for the current understanding of labour and its relation to capital, and has influenced much of subsequent economic thought. He published numerous…

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Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́ва; born 6 March 1937) is a retired Soviet cosmonaut and engineer, and the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. Before her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was…

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On a felt suit

The project investigates the correlation between memory and loss and the need to rebuild a conversation otherwise lost. The working suit (based on the miner uniform worn in Belgium in the 1950’s) is made with felt and later embroidered with cotton basting thread. The boots are made with beeswax and horse hair.   The night another…

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Historic Personalities

The four subjects are not so well known historic personalities. Faces and bodies are not drawn so only hairstyles and outfits are part of the image. The project investigates the flotation of history and the unreliability of the memory. Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier (1768 – 1835) He served in the French Revolutionary Wars in…

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Tattooed Bear

The Tattoo Bear is built with linen and embroidered with tapestry wool. All the tattoos come from traditional european and american designs.

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Two Watercolours

The inks, mixed with watercolors, tea and coffee, needed to be placed precisely and quickly on the paper, in no more than a couple minutes so only a few movements were allowed and no retouches or adjustments were possible.  

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Introspecting

This work could perhaps be described as self portrait but the practice I put myself through for at least three months was, more precisely, a sort of ‘mood table’: multiple mood portraits. It was a daily exercise in which the movement of the arm traces or arranges the inks on the paper with the brush.…

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Dolls

The initial idea was to create small objects without putting to much effort in to designing them. I wanted to be in a position where there was little chance to stop and think about shaping, decorating or making something following a precise aesthetic. I chose to sit at my work table for about two hours…

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Felt Blanket

One afternoon I went to my mother’s workshop where she used to work as upholsterer and on one of the shelves, filled with soft materials, there was a pile of felt. I gently slid my hand through the sheets and enjoyed for a while the warmth and softness. The cause About ten years ago my…

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The Apârtment #10

  It was a pleasure to curate the 10th Apârtment now reaching its fifth year and I’m very looking forward to celebrating the 5th birthday event in November 2018. The concept draws on the unusual homely layout of the studios, making it an open and welcoming space for resident and invited artists to co-create and…

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Traces

Traces is a community of curators and makers with a reputation for staging some of London’s most imaginative art and design installations in old and sometimes derelict buildings around the city. With a process rooted in archival research, which aims to breathe new life into a building that endures after the installation has ended, Traces…

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Family Portrait

It was a great pleasure to take the art direction and costume design Of Family Portrait a new work directed by Leila McMillan and created in collaboration with 7 dancers, a musician/composer and a team of designers. Developed using Flying Low and Passing Through techniques, this work takes you through a constellation of portraits, exploring our…