Material Data

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In the exceptional and inspiring environment of Boisbuchet, Material Data proposes to experiment graphical and structural processes for the creation of weft material and yarns that will be used to weave surfaces and textures on the loom. The workshop involves the sharing of these processes and your work in a team or in pairs in order to combine respective know-hows and approaches that result in designs, which pay tribute to the emotional and functional issues of fabrics.

The workshop is not restricted to textile designers!

portrait C-M par Lise Duclaux.webAnne Masson and Eric Chevalier have collaborated since 2006.

Both trained in textile design, their work results from investigation and experimentation with materials. The pair explores different possible levels of working on the design of textiles, from the raw material to the finished product and its multiple facets – sometimes on the yarn, sometimes on the pattern, on a structure, texture or on a specific shape. They mostly deal with knitted structures and with process that reveals unexpected views of materials. Radical and precise gesture changes some used or waste items into a new shape and functionality. They often use craft-related processes combined with industrial implementation, sometimes each practised in turn on the same item.

They create self edited products, and also work on projects associated with architects, designers, choregrapher or fashion designers. They question textile in different contexts, as a medium strongly related to intimate and collective issues.

Anne runs the textile design department at La Cambre visual arts academy in Brussels. Eric teaches in the Textile design and in the Fashion department.

Graduated from La Cambre, textile design department, Anne won the Federal Swiss cultural award (1994, 96, 98), collaborated with the accessories designer Eric Beauduin in Brussels and with the Edelkoort Studio in Paris.

After graduating from l’ESAAT in Roubaix (DSAA), Eric worked as a free lance textile designer for Christian Lacroix Haute-Couture and in research for the automotive industry.

teixidorsTeixidors is a textile cooperative working since 30 years back with hand-woven textiles, singularly using hand operated looms. Hand-weaving is a thousand-year-old art that has been used by people to express their cultural identity. It is also a trade that develops manual skills and sharpens the senses; an activity used by Teixidors to boost the labor and social abilities of people with learning difficulties; a versatile, complex and demanding tool which acts therapeutically. The looms turn these people with special needs into artisans: a singular idea from which unique products emerge. Each finished piece contains the story of a pair of hands.
Tradition, modernity and timeless design describe the spirit of Teixidors. Social action, quality production, self sufficiency and protection of the environment are its goals. Teixidors has managed to succeed in a difficult, ever-changing sector, always bearing in mind that its fundamental goal was to integrate people at risk of exclusion through a creative trade; developing an exceptional product that is the result of an original idea.

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