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Skills Academy: Morning session 2

The Artisan Gesture: from traditional to digital tools

Saturday 8 February 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 2

Chisels, gouges, planes and saws are part of the wood-worker’s emblematic panoply of traditional tools. For decades now, their uses and effectiveness have been amplified by new manufacturing processes and increased mechanization. Workshops house new instruments and machines offering multiple possibilities, opening up new and fascinating perspectives. Taking inspiration from other trades, state-of-the-art ‘mixed’ techniques and blue-skies innovation combine to extend wood’s inherent, formal possibilities.


9 a.m. 
Round-table discussion focusing on diploma work by graduates of the 2012 Diplôme des Métiers d’Art  (DMA) at the Ecole Boulle.
Moderators: Emmanuelle Noirot and Éric Dubois, teachers in the applied arts.
DMA in cabinet-making: ‘A travelling crockery case’ by Angelo Le Bec, with Jean-Marc Goudineau, teacher and director of the cabinet-making workshop at the Ecole Boulle. (Moderator: Emmanuelle Noirot).
DMA in marquetry: ‘Dissimulastics – Silicon marquetry’  by Mégan Deschaumes and Pierre-Henri Beyssac, teacher and director of the marquetry workshop at the Ecole Boulle (Moderator: Éric Dubois).
DMA in joinery and seating design: ‘Ergomania – a double-postured armchair’ by Julie Kuoch with Alain Mangaud, teacher and director of the joinery and seating workshop at the Ecole Boulle (Moderator: Emmanuelle Noirot).
DMA in sculpture: ‘AB Lumine’ (light design) by Marion Pallier and Yorane Lebovici, director of the sculpture workshop at the Ecole Boulle, professor of academic and contemporary sculpture  (Moderator: Éric Dubois).

10.45 a.m.
Break – Textile room, CNAM

11.15 a.m.
Turning and tabling: harnessing traditional tools to the reinvention of form 
Grégory Bodel, turner and director of the design collective Y’a pas le feu au lac 
François-Xavier Balléry, designer 

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.

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