Aurélie Mathigot is a french woman, whose artistry uses such elements as cotton and wool fiber, photographs, nature and canvas. She’s been featured on many design blogs over the last several years and participated in numerous exhibits in and around Paris.

My initial introduction to her work came through one of my daily design blog visits. Unfortunately, I did not have a discipline of documenting my sources when I bookmarked her website. I have since altered my process so that I document the source of all new-found websites, blogs artisans and other design resources.  

I emailed Aurélie a couple of weeks ago as I was curious about her more recent works. She was kind enough to respond and include two visuals of new pieces for me to share with you. The depth and breadth of her work is simply amazing. Artists of this caliber leave a lasting impression in my mind for days and weeks after I spend time in their visual company.

Here are a couple of her varying works that I originally fell head over heals in love with.

Here is a taste of her photography, printed on canvas and embroidered to add texture and meaning. I’d love one of these pieces for the studio to coat my eyes with inspiration on a daily basis.

Part of my draw to her work, aside from it’s sheer genius is her concept, which I lifted directly from her website, as I felt that paraphrasing would be delusive.  

“Aurelie Mathigot’s work is largely inspired on the notion of recovery and the necessity of talking about everyday life in another – new – way.”  

Several preoccupations recur throughout her work which she speaks about on her website:  like the will to hide, the need for isolation and for being overwhelmed by the material she is working with.  I love what I do and am grateful for the opportunities I have been given thus far.  But with that opportunity comes responsibility, time pressure, budget constraints and the stresses of the ever present Murphy’s law of the construction business. Another aspect that is different, from say, a fine artists ‘own work,’ is the timing of making expensive decisions.  These decision have to be made so often quickly, and primarily based on concept.  This is part of the exposure that designers are subject to. It is all a balancing act because waiting until all of the known elements are present to facilitate more informed decision making isn’t realistic and would result in project delays that most clients cannot absorb.  This really is the ‘value’ of engaging a professional designer…their ability to make hard decisions on space plans, overall designs, scale, materials, color, finish and layouts with limited real life visual information.  

The longer I work in this industry, the more I recognize the importance of a thorough, well defined, and comprehensive concept phase for my projects.  I am hoping to expand my working platform to make room for more undefined, playful, self interpretive works.  Aurélie’s work expresses some of these freedoms to me.  I cannot be certain of whether she feels these freedoms in the process of her creating.  What I am certain about is that I respect, appreciate and love her work.   

Here is Aurélie’s latest work.  If you are interested in learning more, please do visit her website.  I barely scratched the surface on the extent of her loveliness.

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