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Hermès workshops, France

Artists’ residencies 2015

Carte blanche to three visual artists at the Hermès workshops

Now in its sixth year, the programme of artists’ residencies from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès mentors three emerging artists as they discover artisan skills and create new works at the Hermès Group’s silk, leather and crystal workshops.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Artists’ residencies 2015
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Artists Célia Gondol, Io Burgard and DH McNabb are mentored by Ann Veronica Janssens, Jean-Michel Alberola and Richard Fishman for the latest round of artists’ residencies from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Immersed in the life of the Hermès workshops in France, each artist-in-residence discovers their essential skills and gestures before working closely with the artisans to create new works exploiting the properties and potential of their fine raw materials.

Célia Gondol will explore the technical properties of silk at Holding Textile Hermès in Pierre-Bénite. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris, Gondol also has a background in contemporary dance. Her work unites both strands in an exploration of space, form and movement.

Io Burgard is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris and the  Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. Her installations and drawings embrace humour and the absurd. As the first artist-in-residence at the Seloncourt workshops, she will apply her fascination with material form, softness and rigidity to a new work in fine leather. 

DH McNabb’s residency at the Saint-Louis crystal workshops focuses on gesture, as he discovers the ancestral skills practiced on-site. Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, McNabb is an artist and glass-maker, working here with crystal for the first time in his career. 

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