Dates: 07 – 13 August 2016
Tutor(s): Charlie Le Mindu + Stéphane Margolis
Type of workshop: Hair / Ikebana / Costume / Performance
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)
In this workshop, participants learn from hair haute couture and the art of Ikebana in order to create wild costumes that oscillate between plants, furniture, sculpture and installation.
All designs will be combined into large scale experimental tableaux that will come to life in a Grand Finale Friday Show.
About Charlie and Stéphane
Charlie Le Mindu is a French-born hairstylist and headpiece designer, now based in London. After studying at the French Hair Academy, Le Mindu went on to establish himself as ‘Resident Hairdresser’ at Berlin nightclubs White Trash, RIO Club and Barbie Deinhoff’s after performing a series of ‘Live Cuts’. Le Mindu now operates a salon from his East London home, and regular clientele include Carri Mundane, Peaches and Jodie Harsh. A regular contributer to Vogue Russia, Elle and French Vogue, Le Mindu launched his first wig collection in February 2009 and has shown as part of London Fashion Week.
Stéphane Margolis’ creations, conceived like chimeras – fresh plants and flowers displayed and transformed with mineral and artifical matter – appear into our world like strange and ominous creatures. Half-way between vegetation, animal and voodoo dolls, their perishable frailness is captured and frozen by photography and is brought to us in a powerful evocation of a dying planet – a preoccupying theme for the artist, who grew up in the horticultural region of Hyères in the South of France, amidst lush flower plantations and tropical trees. His training in the traditionnal japanese floral art of Ikebana has given him a sense of the sacred and that of a milenary discipline, alongside the humour of occidental surrealism. If nature, since mankind began, has moulded humanity, Margolis takes this process in reverse and freezes the living in a never-ending moment of grace. As an artist conscious of his time, his creations pursue the idea of beauty and alert us : the world is dying. The various elements used for his works are altered to the point of unrecognition, in an alchemic game, and become the silent witnesses of a planet devastated by humanity.