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Skills Academy: Morning session 1

The Basics: wood, design, craftsmanship and the engineering sciences

Saturday 11 January 2014, 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Abbé Grégoire amphitheatre
(museum entrance)
292, rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3e 
Open to the public (prior booking only):

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy: Morning session 1

Wood in its many forms has been an essential resource for warmth, protection and tools since the beginnings of mankind. Today, wood remains central to our daily lives – a focus for ancestral skills and trades while engaging with sweeping advances in modern technology and lifestyles. The Skills Academy’s introductory morning session explores the function and applications of wood today, its diverse representations throughout history, and its central place in language.



9 a.m.
Welcome and introduction.
Catherine Tsekenis, Director, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
Patrick Jouin, Guest designer and Skills Academy programme director.

9.30 a.m.
Wood: design, artisanship and industry 
Patrick Jouin in conversation with Raymond Guidot,
Engineer, historian and design theorist Raymond Guidot is the author of numerous works on design, techniques and materials.

11 a.m.
The symbolism of wood and wood-working in the medieval period.
Michel Pastoureau, historian, medievalist and Director of Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne).

12 p.m.
A wood-lovers’ lexicon
Henriette Walter, linguist


2014 sees the launch of the Skills Academy – a biennial programme from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, aimed at artisans, designers and engineers seeking to re-examine their professional practice and the transmission of core skills in the context of new developments and change in their field. The theme of the inaugural Skills Academy is ‘Xylomania! Exploring wood-working skills and expertise.’Throughout the Academy’s first semester, morning sessions open to the public examine a broad spectrum of topics in the world of wood and wood-working.

> Forward to Morning session 2: The Artisan Gesture (tools and techniques)

> Read more about the Skills Academy 

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Under the supervision of Patrick Jouin, Guest designer and Skills Academy educational director.