One row at a time, on the loom, I make fabrics using paper threads. I then shape this woven paper – a stiff but malleable material – into volumes. Beforehand, I explore shapes and structures using drawings and models. The result: freestanding abstract sculptures not unlike origami.

Weaving is older than writing. The result of the interlacing of threads, fabric is a language that people have internalized over the centuries. My works start from the premise that the textile production process is intimately linked with the structure of our spoken and written language.

My repeated gestures, the comings and goings of the threads, and the composition of my patterns evoke the work of a writer reworking sentences, building a narrative and making a page come together. Our way of joining words is related to the creation of a fabric. My pieces draw on the many parallels between weaving and the organization of language.

My choice of paper as a raw material expresses the intrinsic link between the words text and textile, which share a common etymological root. Can know-how make meaning reveal itself? I am inclined to thread the metaphor to the last stitch.

Made by hand

This short video was shot in my Montreal studio.