Me as an artist…
I am master of my techniques and the creative process. I connect and transform materials to create new worlds.
My main technique is felting, one of the oldest textile technique on earth. Sheep wool and the basically “simple” artisinal way of creation connects with the deepest roots of mankind, with the origins of being human.
Over the years I have developed my very own way and style in the technique, which allows me to obtain a very fine, smooth and sophisticated, yet firm and solid material.
I love challenging my self. In my latest works I use geometry as a basis. In my works I implement patterns of sacred geometry, mainly inspired by Islamic and Moorish Art. The felting technique enables me to “carve” out unique sculptural works of art from a surface and thus brings the geometry to life.
To me, these geometric patterns reflect the order of the universe, the basis of all life, the expression of the divine. So I combine original matter (sheep’s wool) with the scared (sacred geometry) and let my hands form, transform to create something new and unique. My art reflects the idea of pure universal essence, which manifests itself in matter to create unique masterpieces.
For me, artistic creation is a sacred act that requires calm, patience, full attention, devotion, respect and high quality. That’s why I only choose the best materials for my works, such as finest merino wool, silk fibers, precious papers, gold leaf, pearls etc.
I felt always inspired and fascinated by the Mystique. In recent years it is particularly the mystical in Sufism that fascinates me.
I love that in Sufism the craftsmen’ and artists’ work is seen as the expression of the divin beauty.
Follow my artistic projects on my blog.
Discover works of art in my online storeHERE.
Biographie / Training and professional experience
2000 – 2004 Textile design studies in Schneeberg / Germany
2003 – Training in textile design – Atelier 44, Dresden / Germany
2003 – Training in felt techniques – Annette Quentin-Stoll, Weinböhla / Germany
2003 – 2004 Training in textile design – Création Baumann, Langenthal / Switzerland
2005 Move to France
2006 Registration beginning of artistic activity at the Maison des Artistes, France
2009 Training in Dyeing with plants
2012 Workshop with students from the textile design section ENSCI – les Ateliers, Paris
2013 – 2015 Workshop with students at the University of Toulouse – Fine Arts & Applied Arts Department, Toulouse
2015 – 2019 Trainer at the Training Centre LAINAMAC, Felletin / France
2014 – 2019 International trainer in felting techniques (Germany, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Holland, Argentine, Canada, United States…)
2017 artist residency in the headquarters of DHG in Prato / Italy
2018 Training in “Dynamic art therapy”, Institut Cassiopée in Chatou/ France
2019/2020 Training in cranio sacral energy work with Henrike Baumgartner, CranioPowerClass, Austria
2021 Inspirational artistique travel to Granada (Alhambra) / Spain
2022 Finalist of the World of WearableArt Award, Wellington/ New Zealand
2013 Winner of the competition “Jeunes Créateurs” of the professional organization of crafts “les Ateliers d’Art de France”, Paris / France
2013 Second prize of the competion “100g, un poids – une unité” during the European Felt Days, with special mention for creativity, Felletin / France
2007 First prize in the competition “Feutrez-nous un mouton!” of the felt museum, Mouzon / France
December 2017 au February 2018 – Individual exhibtion in BAZART in Saint Antonin Noble Val / France
April 2016 – Exhibtion “TAF” with Ariane Mariane/Paris in Clermont-Ferrand in the Centre Anatole / France
May 2015 – “Architecture Textile”, la NEF, Montpellier / France
December 2014 / January 2015 – “A Pas Feutrés”, l’ATELIER des Ateliers d’Art de France, Viaduc des Arts, Paris
September 2014 – Salon “Maison & Objet”, espace CRAFT, Paris
2014 – 2016 – Traveling exhibtion “Black Sheep – the darker side of felt”, National Center for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire / Great Britain
2014 – “CENT MOTIFS”, Galerie Collection, Paris
2013 – “Inspiration(s)-Feutre !”, Saint Leu Art Expo, Saint-Leu-La-Forêt / Paris
2013 – “Mirabilis Incognita” au Salon “Tendances Créatives”, Toulouse
2013 – Salon “Maison & Objet”, Paris
2012 – “Carrousel des Métiers d’Art et de Création”, Louvre / Paris
2011 – “Rêveries feutrées”, Viaduc des Arts / Paris
2011 – “Vous avez dit feutre?”, Felletin / France
2008 – Legal exhibtion of contemporary textile art at the salon “ARTISA”, Grenoble / France
My art work is published in the following books:
- PASSION FILZ/ FELT PASSION by Ellen Bakker & Ricarda Assmann, Octobre 2013; ISBN 978-90-818476-6-7
- Worldwide colours of felt by Ellen Bakker, June 2016; ISBN 978-90-825378-0-2
Articles about my work in newspapers:
- “Il était un fil” N°15, Septembre 2013 (France)
- “ATELIER D’ART” January/February 2014 (France)
- FUN N°3, 2014 (Germany)
- PASSION fil N°24, 2014 (France)
- Journal de l’Atelier N°5, 2014 (France)
- Burda Style N°3, 2015 (International)
- Journal Midi-Pyrénées Patrimoine 2015 (France)
Monumental wall hanging “Cycle” 2011
Sculptures “fishes” in the museum of felt in Mouzon / France during an exhibition in 2019
“TAF” exhibtion in Clermont-Ferrand with artist friend Ariane Mariane / Paris in Centre Anatole in 2016
Land art in Gers / France, 2016
Festival des Métiers d’Arts / Cévennes France in 2015
Collaboration with Coline Vergez; Costume for the show “Chiffonnade” / Compagnie Carré Blanc in 2018 in France