Contextile Biennial artistic residency 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


Rye straw, polyester thread


Braiding, sewing