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15 March to 10 June 2014, Brigitte Chappaz : “Soaring silk at Villandry”

Embroidery Brigitte Chappaz

Embroidery Brigitte Chappaz

Brigitte Chappaz is an enthusiast of ancient and precious silks, which she seeks out at flea markets. For the last 20 years, she has been using them for her virtuoso embroidery, creating motifs, large-format tapestries, small pictures and even bound books. Crouching patiently and always passionately over her work, she is hardly aware of time passing.

Nature is always her principal subject. Embroidered on pieces of silk with painted backgrounds, roses, butterflies and sweet briars are picked out with antique beads, giving them a timeless quality.

In this exhibition, Brigitte Chappaz presents her new creations featuring the birds of Villandry, inspired by a series of photographs taken in the gardens, including a remarkable work “of feathers and silk”. Remember that the garden’s birds are Villandry’s theme for 2014, with an educational exhibition running throughout the summer.

From 14 to 23 April, the embroiderers of the Conservatoire de la Broderie de Touraine will join Brigitte Chappaz to present their centuries-old skills. You will be able to discover the techniques and history of white embroidery: plumetis, openwork, cordonnets and pulled-thread work will have no more secrets for you! Several head-dresses, masterpieces of finesse, with floral motifs and garlands of leaves, will also be on display. A beautiful tribute to our Touraine heritage, born around 1870 on the banks of the Loire…

Embroidery Brigitte Chappaz

Embroidery Brigitte Chappaz