Did you learn from a master?
I was not fortunate enough to have a mentor who taught me all the tricks of the trade. However, I did a few apprenticeships to learn techniques, I practised a lot and, above all, I set the bar very high, which allowed me to progress very quickly.
What is your advice for becoming a lampshade maker?
Work hard, persevere, be optimistic and be demanding in terms of details. Don't be afraid of failure, because in every situation something positive comes out of it. To make a lampshade requires time and precision.
When do you consider a piece well made?
I use the technique of laminated lampshades where polyphane is glued to paper. To me, it is well made when it looks as good inside as it does outside, when the finish is impeccable. I carry out lighting projects for the happiness of my clients as well as my own.
Could your craft be considered in danger?
Yes, because in this sector there are very few suppliers of lampshade carcasses, soutache – a narrow flat decorative braid – and other decorative trimmings. These different trades are becoming increasingly scarce. All these elements are essential in lampshade making.