US-THEM in Birmingham

Last year, after seeing my installation US-THEM in my solo in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France, Heidi Drahota, curator of the travelling exhibition "Stuff for Thought", invited it to be added to this exhibition. The last venue would be the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK, August 2018.
As it was quite expensive to have it returned to me afterwards I decided to donate it to the curator to hopefully make some money out of it to sponsor "Stuff for Thought". I know how expensive exhibiting usually is.
It was interesting to see that she invited visitors to take some scraps from the pile and make a small flower of them with a piece of wire. With a kind humble request to donate some money to sponsor the exhibition. I hope many people will participate and realise that they are not just helping someone who has provided them with an exciting and important exhibition, but also that they have been part of a special conceptual installation…[more about the concept of US-THEM below]

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Doing research for the theme of my project "What a Waste" I was shocked to learn that the textile industry is actually the second largest polluter in the world. So I decided to save all textile waste and threads that came from my studio to see what I myself was producing.
Preparing for the solo I divided the pile of scraps into white and coloured ones, expressing thus how present society is polarising more and more on a geographical, political and social level.
Truly stuff for thought…

Women on the north bank of a river

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Installation shot of my work Women on the north bank of a river (at the front) in the 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial 2018,
6 June - 9 September 2018, Exhibition Hall ARSENALS, Riga, Latvia
(I don't know yet who made the two pieces on the wall)
Photo credit: Lala de Dios

6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial 2018

6 June - 9 September 2018, Exhibition Hall ARSENALS, Riga, Latvia

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16_Women on the north bank(700)Women on the north bank of a river, 2016, exhibited in the 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial 2018

This installation of 43 objects is inspired by the duality of yin and yang: everything is connected, not one without the other.
The title is a combination of yin – the female principle in nature; negative; passive; black – and yang – the north bank of a river (the sunny side); positive; active; white.
About half of the objects have tops covered in white lacquer paint, the other half black lacquer paint. The red inside stands for unity, the differently coloured bottom edges symbolise diversity.
The objects are shaped and stiffened to portray different human characteristics like shyness, braveness, strength, weakness, humbleness, and brazenness.

"This project will reveal the mutual relation between artist and society today, and will accentuate national or ethnographic roots of different cultures. The theme IDENTITY will unfold in a wide range of aspects: historical, social, artistic, personal, philosophical."

The Collage Ideas Book

I am very honoured that some of my collages are featured in Alannah Moore's new book The Collage Ideas Book, 2018, ILEX, Octopus Publishing Group, London
The little book is full of big ideas from contemporary collage artists. Very diverse and inspiring.

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Miniartextil Como 2017 opening in Montrouge

Family Secrets-my work in Miniartextil ComoFamily Secrets, 2017, part of the travelling exhibition Miniartextil Como 2017 - Borderline

7 - 25 February 2018 -
Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Paris, F
8 March - 25 April 2018 -
Le Chateau du Valfleury, Gif-sur-Yvette, F

‘Miniartextil’ is an annual international exhibition of contemporary art showing the best in Textile Art, an art sector with a revolutionary approach to the textile heritage and its materials.