What are the different techniques and tools involved?
Our tools are straightforward: spatulas, brushes, pigments, glue and plant resin. But the techniques involve intense concentration. Dosing the pigments and glue is a careful process. Everything is done by hand, very conscientiously.
What kind of research is involved?
It depends on the client. Sometimes we have to match their colour scheme, and this can send us to research older works of art. We can also do literary research; there’s a visual and an intellectual research involved in our different pieces.
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Where do you find inspiration?
Chantal: Often in nature, in the woods, the clouds, reflections, water, stones, colours, bird feathers, the detail of a flower. Patrick: Yes, in nature, but also in literature, in descriptions, in poetry, and very much in contemporary art exhibits.
Any advice for younger artisans?
Patrick: My best advice is to go out and see art – exhibitions, museums and contemporary galleries – to see where the work is coming from. Chantal: To share knowledge. There’s an artisanal heritage everywhere that we should all know.