Porter les silences. Série réminiscences.

Artistic residency at Contextile Bienal de Arte Têxtil Contemporânea
in Portugal.

For this residency, I wanted to work with a local artisanal technique. First, because I am interested in encouraging interactions. Second, because for several years I have been drawn to the process of basket weaving, alongside my textile work. I am fascinated by the way in which a piece of soft vegetable matter can, once woven, become a rigid three-dimensional structure. During my short stay, I had the pleasure of working on the braiding and assembly of rye straw with a community of artisans at the ethnography and design museum (Museu da Palha) in the city of Fafe.

A very special thank to Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec for their precious support.

Project details

With the participation of Fafe's artisan community

More specifically : Maria Mendes, Maria Ramos et Lurdes Fernandez


Rye straw, polyester thread


Braiding, sewing