Cloud

Materials : Bamboo fibre and wool

Density : 150 000 knots/m²

Specially designed to be in a place with a view on the sky, “Cloud” is a dialog between the inside and the outside.

I was commissioned to design a rug for an empty space in front of a big window. As the large window opened on to the sky, the idea of reproducing a cloud that I had painted some years ago into a rug came to me. Oil painting has very strong characteristics for the vibrancy it gives to the colors. These qualities had to be retranslated with fibers.

The challenge for this work was to reinterpret a detail from an oil painting into a textile work. It is the balance between an innovative design, a traditional quality manufacturing and the choice of noble materials which makes this rug one of a kind. Bamboo and wool fibers have been tinted in accordance with the colors of the painting, in a subtle shade of blue. Bamboo and wool have been intentionally used, the sky in blue wool, gradually evolving to the white bamboo side, the cloud. The purpose was to mimic the depth of the sky and the shiny aspect of the clouds, vector of light. It has been trimmed to a minimum to keep a cotton like, soft and airy appearance.

A craftsman capable of visually interpreting a design has been specially designated by the manufacture to carry out this work. A close collaboration between the craftsman and myself took place, with many exchanges and tests until reaching the final result, transforming an oil painting into a textile work.