In December 2017 France Patchwork invited me to do a solo exhibition of my work. This is the article that was published at the time and which gives a good idea of my journey through the textile arts.
“Who is Armelle?
Armelle has always been drawn to the expressive arts. Her mother, who had fairy fingers, who was also an outstanding Opera singer, introduced her from childhood to music, dance, drawing and needlework. Armelle enjoys the immense variety of colours and textures of fabrics and threads.
In 1994 she discovers the world of patchwork during a Caribbean cruise. Doreen Speckmann conveys her enthusiasm, Patricia Campbell the excellence of her applied Jacobean technique, and Katie Pasquini Masopust her approach to contemporary design. Armelle tries a bit of everything, but it is only after meeting Caryl Bryer Fallert that she feels really inspired by all the possibilities of expression offered by this new medium. Symbols and shapes fascinate her. Her spiritual pursuit gradually leads her to yoga, meditation and mandalas. She draws them with coloured pencils on black linen for several years before embarking on a textile project. She likes working on a black background that brings out the colours and because, symbolically, the black represents the subconscious from which appears an image as in a dream. Working the light often appears as rays in her creations.
Her artwork has received many awards, including:
“Most Innovative Design” and “Best Surface Design” at the 2002 Quilters Consortium of New York State en 2002 for “Red Lagoon”.
Several of her fiberart creations have been accepted to participate in the exhibition Quilts=Art=Quilts in 2002 and 2003 at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Geneva, NY.
Back in France since 2011, Armelle now wants to devote her energy to discover the authentic way that will help her achieve the ambition that is so dear to her heart, to transmit what she has received to the greatest number.”
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