The inevitable passage of time. The traces it leaves behind. The wear and tear of time. This is definitely one of the main theme of my creative approach since my studies in textile design and then textile printing, 15 years ago. And for my new ‘Altered Repetition’ collection was undeniably my main guideline.
With Très dion, my creative textile design studio in Montreal, I can imagine and create images worn by time, representing the irregularity of things, showing the degradation of objects. The collection "Altered Repetition" is no exception. It is my artistic interpretation of rust and decay. In delicacy and harmony, geometric shapes confront one another with their own decay.
One of my inspirations, not only for this collection, but for my creations in general, is undeniably the little known Danish artist Lene Toni Kjeld.
Just like me, Lene is a textile designer and likes to be inspired by her life, her experiences, her environment, old photographs. From her studio in New Zealand, her company ToniKjeld creates wallpapers and everyday objects.
His Flow wallpaper concept is a gradation of textures and colors reminiscent of lace, rust, flowers, organic shapes and the wear and tear of time. No wonder this artist has fascinated me since I started working in textile printing in 2004.
For the Flow series, the concept is simple but above all effective. The artist proposes four basic patterns that can then be paired in shades for a less repetitive and more organic effect. A total of eight patterns are therefore offered on paper printed on a rotary press in Denmark. In a single room, the pattern of the wallpaper evolves before our eyes in a gentle and subtle way. Despite ambitious color choices - gold, pastel, black and white - the wallpaper remains ethereal, light and harmonious. Thus, you can go from pastel green to gold or from pale yellow to black without creating an imbalance. A skillful mix of textures brings this effect of lightness, nothing better for a pleasant and welcoming interior with a wow factor.
For me, this creation represents a tour de force: a timeless pattern yet a bold proposal for interior design. This is a goal that I always keep in mind when I create my designs and develop a new collection. How to make an object stands out while keeping it accessible?