BA/Art/English (Hons. 1st Class)
City and Guilds Fashion (Parts 1 & 2)
City and Guilds Embroidery (Parts 1 & 2)
Adult teaching certificate
Designed and made knitted and embroidered clothes and hangings to commission.
Taught embroidery and design.
Exhibited with Sefton Guild of artists and the Embroiderers’ Guild.
For me, embroidery has always been, not merely decoration, but a way of constructing my own fabrics. Thus, for this exhibition, I have chosen to show examples of some of the different fabrics that I have designed and embroidered using a film which dissolves in cold water as a base. Their qualities depend on the choice of threads and embroidery technique.
The colours, patterns and textures have been inspired by my travels with Mike, a geologist or simply come from my own mood.
I love the fact that many can be hung flat on the wall, then buttoned up and worn, so that I can wrap myself in my memories of people, places and feelings.
Born in Paris. Anne and San early in their career trained as actors at Centre Art Dramatique in rue Blanche and later Paris Conservatoire. They travelled in India. The influence of the Orient, its textiles and colours will be decisive.
In 1981, they settled in Seillans, a small village in the Var, and set up their own company: le Théâtre du Matin Calme focusing mainly on young people. San worked as an actor, stage-manager, decorator and costumier.
Thirty creative years followed. With costume-making; large decorative panels and tapestries often related to nature (enchanted forests, changing seasons...)
In 2011, Anne and San moved to the Tarn, home of textile and craft, to create large panels. They assemble diverse textiles, particularly mousseline, transparent materials, precious cloths or rare prints.
With this material, they seek to establish a harmonious picture like a painter assembling different colours. The result is alive, with light playing on the textiles.
The whole thing is hand-sewn carefully together. Only the frame is made with a machine.
Although Bérénice has always practised what is called ‘sewing’, she started her artistic exploration with painting. But as she loves the physical contact with textiles, she has used these as her main materials to express herself.
First of all textiles are the linen, the clothes, what protects, what reassures, just like a second skin. Using natural fibres, animal or vegetal, she has found a way of working with what is alive, something which she did not find in paint.
Some materials, if they are particularly old and also stained or spoiled are charged with real experience…and her works are based on the small defects, the imperfections or the accidents these textiles have suffered from, together with the tears and the holes (which she may also create).
To add colour reminiscent of painting, Bérénice has been exploring natural dyes: in dye-baths or directly from the contact with plants but also from metals which fix and modify vegetal colours. She has discovered rust which she favours as a flamboyant colour but also as a way of symbolising ‘passing time’: it reveals as well as effaces the past, which erodes materials - confirming Bérénice’s feeling that she is modelling the living.
EXPOSITIONS 2015-2016 : Gabian, Cap d'Agde, « Aigues'illes en Lubéron » Travail partagé avec l'artiste allemande Juliette Eckel pour un « dialogue Nord Sud », Neffiès, Caux, Sarlat, Octon,
Pézenas, Montagnac, St Félix de Sorgues.
Projet 2017-2019 : Proposition « Textnet » avec le groupe Textile Hoch Drei (Allemagne, Norvège, Canada, France)