By giving Valérie Maltaverne a free rein, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d'Aubusson has breathed an innovative new life into historic craftsmanship. The collection is a passionate celebration of a French artisanal heritage.
Ymer & Malta/Kenza Drancourt, Paysage Polaire (Polar Landscape), La Tapisserie d’Aubusson Collection, “The Great Lady”, limited edition of eight copies, 2019
Tapestries were originally connected to the imperatives of mobility but are mainly admired for their beauty. It took a certain amount of audacity to release the woven art from its flatness and give it a quasi-sculptural dimension. While Le Corbusier ’s “Muralnomad” revived the medieval tradition of sliding partitions, the mural dimension of tapestry remained. The Cité internationale de la tapisserie d’Aubusson probably did not expect a revolution by asking Valérie Maltaverne, head of the Ymer & Malta studio , to enter into a partnership whose results proved stunning. At Ymer & Malta, Ms. Maltaverne is accustomed to orchestrating the creation of her various projects, from conception to completion, guiding designers and artisans as a director does her actors and technical teams. There is just one step from cinema and animation, her background, to tapestry. This is not a hackneyed expression: motion flows through all of Ymer & Malta’s collections, whose quality caught the eye of Emmanuel Gerard, Aubusson's director, and Bruno Ythier, Aubusson's head…
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