Ateliers d'Art de France

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Look back at recent meetings with professional craftworkers.


Concours Ateliers d'Art de France

*Creating unique leather marquetry items
Meeting with Laude Rakotoniaina
Wednesday 20 September, 2pm to 4pm

*Feather metamorphosis
Demonstration by Julien Vermeulen, feather artist
Wednesday 4 October, 2.30pm to 5pm

*Weaving natural materials
Demonstration by Karine N’Guyen Van Tham, weaver
Saturday 7 October, 2.30pm to 5pm

*Around metal
Demonstration by Manon Damiens, metal sculptor
Friday 13 October, 2.30pm to 5pm

*The use of bark in basketwork
Demonstration by Bénédicte Magnin-Robert
Saturday 28 October, 2.30pm to 5pm


Sur le fil (On the thread)

Demonstration of contemporary boutis quilting with silk
By Dominique Fave, textile artist
Dominique Fave reinvents traditional Provencal boutis quilting with a contemporary twist: here, the threads that were traditionally confined between the layers of silk and cotton are visible and even brought to the fore through the addition of cross-stitch embroidery.
Wednesday 14 June, 2.30pm to 5pm

Basketry demonstration: the Zarzo weaving technique
By Alexandra Ferdinande, basket maker
Zarzo weaving is the artistic intertwining of wicker to produce 2D or 3D creations. Shapes develop as the wicker is woven with bold, rhythmic movements. Originally used in Spain to weave cheese-draining mats, this technique produces symmetrical variations and an interplay of curves that will baffle anyone who tries to understand its logic.
Friday 23 June, 2.30pm to 5pm

Interactive crochet workshop
With Caroline Worner, ceramist
Participants will spend an afternoon working on Caroline Worner’s installation “Aux fils de l'eau”, exhibited as part of the exhibition, by creating lengths of crochet chain stitch to symbolise running water.
Saturday 24 June, 2.30pm to 5pm
This workshop is supported by Bergère de France.

Heat-shrinkable tube: a material for creation
Demonstration by Michèle Forest, textile designer
Mainly used in industry, a heat-shrinkable tube is a soft plastic tube that shrinks when exposed to heat. Michèle Forest takes advantage of its plastic qualities to create sculptures and jewellery, and invites the public to discover this amazing material.
Thursday 29 June, 2.30pm to 5pm

Sur le fil … textile techniques from around the world
Lecture by Magali An Berthon, textile designer and researcher
Magali An Berthon will talk about her exploration of textile techniques from around the world, with reference to her web documentary Tissus & Artisans du Monde (World Textiles & Artisans). Using videos and samples collected on her travels, she will focus on the history of textiles in four countries with strong weaving and embroidery traditions: Cambodia, Burkina Faso, Vietnam and Morocco. An invitation to travel and discover rare know-how, and to meet passionate craftsworkers and creators…
Wednesday 6 September, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Introduction to wire crochet
With Ghislaine Darlavoix, jewellery designer
Steel wire is the common thread of Ghislaine Darlavoix’s work. She embroiders, crochets, weaves and sculpts with it. To mark her participation in the ‘Sur le fil’ exhibition, she invites the public to get to grips with this technique.
Limited to 12 people
Friday 8 September, 2.30pm to 4.30pm


Two materials / two creators

*1 embroiderer / 1 enameller: a delicate combination:
An opportunity to meet textile designer Marie Berthouloux and metal enameller Marie-Hélène Soyer

Tuesday 2 May, 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

*Intoxicated by glass and paint:
An opportunity to meet glass painter Murielle Vissault and glassmaker Patrick Crespin
Thursday 4 May, 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

*1 ceramist / 1 feltmaker: a mineral/animal dialogue:
Meeting with and demonstration by Manoli Gonzalez and Evelyne-Alice Bridier
Thursday 11 May, 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

*Feux croisés: dialogue between a glass artist and a weaver:
An opportunity to meet Antoine Brodin and Frédéric Mulatier and watch Aurélien Lambert’s film “Feux croisés” (7 min.)
Thursday 1 June, 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

* Introduction to porcelain modelling with ceramist Caroline Worner:
Saturday 3 June, 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Limited to 12 people



Couleurs et matières

Thursday 16 February, 14.30 to 17.00Enamel on copperMeet enameller Bernard Gonnet and watch the film ‘Cosmos Emaux’ by Alexandra Santander, 26 min., France, 2014
In his workshop, Bernard Gonnet creates an enamelled object. A journey through the material with a unique individual…

Thursday 23 February, 14.30 to 17.00Colour and ceramics: enamelling techniquesDemonstration by Danielle Lescot, ceramist

Thursday 2 March at 17.30Projection of the film ‘The Ghosts of Scarlet’ by Julie Nguyen Van Qui, 15 min.Followed by a discussion with the director and the manager of the dyeing workshop at the Manufacture des Gobelins.
Winner of the FIFMA 2016 Young Director Award, Julie Nguyen leads us to a timeless place: the dyeing workshop of the Gobelins, where since the 16th century craftsworkers have been producing a bright red dye unaffected by the passing of time. After the screening, together with the manager of the Gobelins dyeing workshop, she will tell us about her special attachment to this place where she grew up.

Friday 3 March, 14.30 to 17.00Haute couture, decoration, costumes: colour on displayMeet Ysabel de Maisonneuve, colourist and visual artist.

Friday 3 March, 17.30Projection of the film ‘Fire, water, air’, by Anne Murat and David Bart, 15 min., followed by a discussion with the directors and Ysabel de Maisonneuve.
In Japan, Ysabel de Maisonneuve is fascinated by the contrast between the gentleness and the violence of nature. With some villagers, she decides to cut bamboo and wrap it in silk and cotton fabrics to create packages that protect their secrets… This is where shibori begins. ‘Fire, water, air’ is an intimate portrait of a sensitive artist for whom art is, above all, a spiritual activity.

Thursday 9 March, 14.30 to 17.00Textile dyeing and printing with natural dyesDemonstration by Fra Joséphine, textile designer

Friday 17 March, 14.30 to 17.00Introduction to natural dyeing and shibori, demonstration by Juliette Vergne, textile designer

From 27 October to 23 December
Making of Metropolis 5 © Benoit Rocher
Making of Metropolis 5 © Benoit Rocher


· Mosaic cutting and assembly

Demonstration by Solène Léglise, mosaic artist: Thursday 27 October, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Sculpting zinc

Meet Pascal Catry, sculptor: Saturday 29 October, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· From idea to form

Demonstration and talk by Marie Charpentier, focusing on her ‘Fragments’ jewellery: Thursday 10 November, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Material associations: a new perspective on marquetry

Meet Rose Saneuil, marquetry artist: Thursday 24 November, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Porcelain weaving

Demonstration by Guillaume Descoings, Atelier Passage Secret: Friday 2 December, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Creating with feathers

Demonstration by Janaïna Milheiro, textile designer: Thursday 8 December, 2.30 to 4.30pm

From 14 September to 15 October
Gérald Vatrin © DR
Gérald Vatrin © DR

The 2016 winners of the Ateliers d’Art de France competition

· Creating with industrial materials

Meet Claudine Borsotti, sculptor: Thursday 15 September, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· MEETING CANCELED: A glass artist’s journey from Lorraine to Mali, Meet Gérald Vatrin: Thursday 6 October, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Sources of the Octodyna, a musical instrument for everyone

Meet Ewen d’Aviau de Ternay, instrument maker: Saturday 8 October, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Meet Jean-Michel Bliard, furniture sculptor, focusing on his ‘Onyx’ console table: Friday 14 October, 2.30 to 4.30pm

· Giving movement to material

Demonstration by Sylvie Pons-Portefaix, ceramist: Saturday 15 October, 2.30 to 4.30pm

From 17 juin to 3 September 2016



*Rencontre autour de l’ardoise avec Pierre Martin : Vendredi 17 juin de 14h30 à 16h30

*Rencontre-démonstration avec Sabine Fillit autour de son parcours de mosaïste : Mercredi 22 juin de 14h30 à 16h30

*Démonstration autour de la lave émaillée par Hélène Combronde : Jeudi 30 juin de 14h30 à 17h

From 5th February to 16th April 2016



Many different activities, addressed to a wide audience, will be offered at # Paper. 

At the gallery Collection you will participate to interactive events and writing workshops, while at the Atelier there will be performances, conferences, children workshops and film screenings… An extensive program that has set itself a dual mission: to show the vitality and diversity of the artistic approaches towards paper and to promote the know-how related to this material.


An exceptional night at the Marais art galleries will be organized for you, on Thursday, 4 February 2016, starting from 06:00 p.m. On the night of the event, feel free to browse from a gallery to another and discover live performances. You will have the opportunity to attend vernissages and meet participating artists. The entrance to the gallery Collection is included in this entertaining artistic journey!


On the occasion of the # Paper exhibition, Laurence Verdier will launch the first of a series of writing workshops that will take place during 2016, all along the exhibitions that will be held at the gallery Collection. No writing skills are required, the only thing you need is to be curious and like playing with words and beautiful objects! It will be a special moment where you will learn how to look at a piece of art, understand a designer and an exhibition, express and then share your feelings about them. 

  • Thursday, 18 February and Thursday, 24 March at 07:30 p.m. 
  • Booking required:
  • Paricipation fee: €10


Made up of graphic designers, textile designers, bookbinders, engravers or printers, this collective known as 110 par minute – 110 per minute, has invented the SPEED MOTIF. A friendly and interactive event, where the members of the collective and the audience will gather to come up with a pattern on a specific given subject in a short time. The audience will be invited to the gallery Collection, for an afternoon session, where they will be asked to create patterns using paper coming from the exhibition designers’ workshops. Collage, decoupage, paper-folding, paper crumpling: everything is permitted! It will be a completely different way to think about paper. 

  • Saturday, 12 March from 02:30 p.m. to 06:00 p.m.
  • Free entry.


Making sculptures with papier-mâché by Wabé 

• Friday, 11 March from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.

Sawing binding by Julie Auzillon

• Thursday, 24 March from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.

The Kamihimo, woven paper by Sandra Clodion 

• Friday, 1 April from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.


Meet Jean-Charles Trebbi, artist and author who specializes in the art of paper and get your book signed 

Artists’ books, pop-up books, folded and cut paper, the art of paper has no boundaries. Jean-Charles Trebbi is the author of many publications on this material, but he is also an architect and a folding paper lover. He will show you his expertise and will sign his books made out of paper published by Alternatives.

• Thursday, 10 March from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.

Between tradition and innovation, the revival of wallpaper, by François-Xavier Richard, the Atelier d’Offard

The Atelier d’Offard perpetuates the know-how of woodblock printing of major manufactures of the 18th and the 19th century. With an initiative and innovative spirit, the company combines the knowledge of traditional techniques along with modern tools and processes.

• Thursday, 17 March from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.

The washi paper, a journey through Asia, by Jean-Michel Letellier 

After a journey of three years in Japan, India and Nepal to learn the techniques of papermaking in Asia, in 2001 Jean-Michel Letellier has established his workshop in Trélazé. He will talk about his experiences and the discoveries he made on the other side of world about his favourite material.

*On Wednesday, 30 March from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. screening of the movie “Fibre et papier” by Gérard Audias on Jean-Michel Letellier and Miki Nakamura

•Wednesday, 30 March from 02:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.


Participation Fee: €5 

From the tree to a piece of paper by Sandrine Beaudun, paper visual artist

During these two sessions, children will be taught how to make a piece of vegetable paper.

  • Wednesday, 10 and Wednesday, 17 February from 02:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m. (attendance to both sessions is mandatory)
  • Children aged between 8 and 12 years old are accepted

Creation of a photo album by Julie Auzillon, art bookbinder

Children will have the chance to learn how to bind a book and take their photo albums at home.

  • Tuesday, 23 February and Friday, 26 February from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, 16 March from 02:30 p.m. to 03:30 p.m.
  • Children aged between 6 and 10 years old are accepted

From papier-mâché to a paper sculpture! by Laurence Lehel, paper visual artist

Starting from a simple piece of paper, children will make a puppet entirely made of paper. 

  • Wednesday, 2, Thursday, 3 and Friday, 4 March from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Children aged between 6 and 10 years old are accepted


Film screenings on a selection of the exhibition's participating artists

Paper Heart: Isabelle de Borchgrave

by Janick Cardiec / Documentary / Belgium / 2012 / 52’ FIFMA 2014

"Paper Heart" is a foray into the haute couture world, entirely made of paper, of Belgian artist and stylist Isabelle de Borchgrave, in her workshop in the heart of Brussels. 

• Friday, 25 March at 02:30 p.m.

3 movies, directed by Superbytimai will be screened in a loop in the workshops of: 

  • Anne-Laure Coullomb, weaver
  • Julie Auzillon, art bookbinder
  • Sandrine Beaudun, paper visual artist 
From 19 September to 6 November 2015
Maryse Tavernier © DR
Maryse Tavernier © DR

Southern lands


  • Part 1

Decoration and modelling techniques, projection of workshop videos.
With Jane Annois, Angela Nagel, and Chris and Mary-Lou Pittard
Saturday 19 September, 14.30 to 17.30

  • Part 2

Screening of “Gwyn Hanssen Pigott: A potters film”
A film by Peter Hylands, Australia, 2008, 35 min.
Saturday 3 October 2015, 15.00 to 16.00


  • Part 1

Folding and assembling small objects / Turning and bending by Brigitte Long and Maryse Tavernier
Friday 9 October, 14.30 to 17.00

Demonstration and meeting with Christian Faillat, itinerantceramist: meeting reserved for ceramics schools, subject to reservation.

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 11.00

  • Part 2

Decorating ceramic tiles / textures and imprints on sandstone

by Yves Gaget and Jean-Marc Plantier
Friday 6 November, 14.30 to 17.00

18 June to 10 September 2015

Between land and sea


  • Sandrine Hurel - Thursday 18 June, 2.30 to 5pm: “Making clay coil pottery using Gallo-Roman techniques”
  • Philippe Lachaise – Saturday 27 June, 2.30 to 5pm: “Creating a marquetry portrait from a photograph”
  • Lénora Le Berre - Thursday 9 July, 2.30 to 5pm: “Openwork ceramic techniques”
  • Angela Baduel Crispin - Thursday 10 September, 2.30 to 5pm: “Silver clay jewellery, alchemy revealed”


Fabien Barbeau (FLUïD) - Friday 19 June, 2.30 to 5pm: “A hot glass workshop in Belle-île: meet Fabien Barbeau from the Fluïd workshop”

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