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Anne-Charlotte Yver chez John Lobb

From concrete to leather – the art of equilibrium

As part of its fourth season of artists’ residencies, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès invited Anne-Charlotte Yver to the Paris workshops of specialist, bespoke shoe-maker John Lobb, discovering the secrets of leather and wood-working, and the technical skills of the artisan boot-makers.    

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Anne-Charlotte Yver chez John Lobb
© photo Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès

A graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA) in 2011, Anne-Charlotte Yver works with concrete, steel and aluminium, testing the constraints imposed by the weight and resistance of her materials. Her sculptural work endeavours to ‘master, order and control chaos’ using often imposing volumes in fragile, seemingly unstable configurations. Yver works with materials in tension, provoking reactions and exploring their limits.      

Born in France in 1987, Yver is currently artist-in-residence at the John Lobb workshops in Paris, mentored by her Beaux-Arts teacher Emmanuel Saulnier. Bespoke boot-maker John Lobb was founded in London in 1866, and joined the house of Hermès in 1976. The Paris workshop specialises in made-to-measure shoes for private clients. Fifteen artisans perpetuate a tradition of excellence in leather- and wood-working alike.  

Held annually since 2010, artists’ residencies with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès enable four young visual artists to discover exceptional artisan skills, mentored by leading figures in their field. Artists are immersed in the work of the Hermès workshops, developing an ad hoc project that is subsequently assessed for feasibility. The finished work is made in collaboration with artisans from the Hermès workshops. 

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