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Marie Barthès

Marie Barthès Leatherworker
Contact
French, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+33 148707523
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Poetic sculptures in delicate leather

  • • Marie studied with French designer Serge Mouille
  • • Her work falls between design, art and sculpture
  • • She uses leather and other materials to create unique works

Marie Barthès studied synthetic materials at ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres in Paris, before becoming a sculptor for cinema, advertising, theatre and interior design. In 2009, she launched herself as an independent artisan and joined Les Ateliers d'Art de France. She worked with every type of material until she found leather – or rather, as she describes it, leather found her. She discovered it when she worked on a project for Guerlain years ago and has used it ever since. Her background has provided with her with traditional tools and expertise, which she has adapted to create sculptures that have a distinctive character and a delicacy that arises out of the details she crafts into the leather.

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Works

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OM White Scare

A mirror with undulating edges was placed on a piece of beige Tassin leather. Marie embroidered the leather with silver and gilded copper wire and perforated and embossed the surface with irregular rippling shapes. The inspiration for Marie’s designs is drawn from her continuous contemplation and observation of the world around her. She transcribes the rhythms, order and disorder of the perceived elements, particles and cells into her leather creations.

93 cm
50 cm
10 cm

Marie Barthès Leatherworker
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OMm

An irregularly shaped mirror was placed on a piece of brown Tassin leather. Marie embroidered the leather with silver and gilded copper wire and perforated and embossed the surface with irregular rippling shapes. The inspiration for Marie’s designs is drawn from her continuous contemplation and observation of the world around her. She transcribes the rhythms, order and disorder of the perceived elements, particles and cells into her leather creations.

130 cm
87 cm
10 cm

Marie Barthès Leatherworker
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Be4 – Fireworks

The front and back of this elegant mirror were fitted with pink leather. The hot foil stamping technique was used to add the design of gold lines. The inspiration for Marie’s designs is drawn from her continuous contemplation and observation of the world around her. She transcribes the rhythms, order and disorder of the perceived elements, particles and cells into her leather creations.

77 cm
77 cm
9 cm

Marie Barthès Leatherworker
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AND

Marie fitted a round mirror onto a leather background. Cut-out shapes of blue and green leather were combined to form a geometric pattern. The inspiration for Marie’s designs is drawn from her continuous contemplation and observation of the world around her. She transcribes the rhythms, order and disorder of the perceived elements, particles and cells into her leather creations.

102 cm
52 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Marie Barthès Leatherworker
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Chérie

This elegant mirror has a hinged cover that can be left open or closed to hide the mirror in a leather shell. Both parts are decorated with appliqués of leather cut into floral shapes and tiny gold beads, while parts have been embossed and others decorated with gold lines applied by hot-foil stamping.

106 cm
64 cm
Diameter 10 cm

Marie Barthès Leatherworker

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