Second LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence Amandine Guruceaga to explore leather and color at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain

Second LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence Amandine Guruceaga to explore leather and color at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain

 

Paris, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Young French sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga has since January been working as an artist in residence at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain. The second LVMH Métiers d’Art artist in residence, she is experimenting with colors and taking advantage of unique opportunities for collaboration with artisans at the tannery.

For the second chapter in its artist in residence program, LVMH Métiers d’Art invited 27-year-old sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga, known for her work with fabrics and metal, to explore leather and color at the Riba Guixà tannery in Spain, renowned for its superb Entrefino lambskin.

This collaboration between the artist and the artisans has spawned a range of joint experiments, testing new production processes, combining seemingly disparate colors or migrating different hues and creating plays of transparency. “Amandine’s residency has continually led to great surprises. Her work reveals an explosion of different colors. What’s fascinating for me is how she is able to explore and test possibilities with the artisans to create such harmony from very distinctive pigments,” enthuses art critic Léa Chauvel-Lévy, who oversees the LVMH Métiers d’Art residency program.

Through an empirical process that constantly pushes the limits of production techniques, the project has led to the discovery of novel creative approaches, coupled with the development of pigmentation processes the artisans had never previously employed. Using hides whose surfaces are generally considered too rough for leather goods, colors that change and have uneven intensity, integrating copper, steel and other metals and playing with light, the artist has invited a fresh perspective of these raw materials. “This collaboration has been extremely stimulating in both directions because the artisans at the tannery shared their expertise in working with a material with which they are intimately familiar, while I was able to suggest different ways to use the machines they are accustomed to,” Amandine Guruceaga explains.

Her residency will result in some fifteen creations in leather associated with metal sculptures, as well as the publication of a book featuring her work by RVB Books.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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LVMH Métiers d’Art announces French sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga as its second artist in residence

LVMH Métiers d’Art announces French sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga as its second artist in residence

 

Paris, 2017-Feb-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — After hosting Thomas Mailaender as artist in residence at Tanneries Roux in Romans-sur-Isère, LVMH Métiers d’Art has invited French sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga as its second artist in residence. Initiated in 2016, this program enriches unique savoir-faire and approaches to exceptional materials at LVMH Fashion Houses, while at the same time stimulating creativity and innovation through dialogue between artists and artisans.

LVMH Métiers d’Art has launched a second chapter in its artist in residence program at Spanish tannery Riba Guixà, near Barcelona. A longstanding partner of LVMH, the Catalan tannery is a local firm founded in 1932 by Joan Riba Guixà and has been headed by the same family for three generations. LVMH acquired a stake in this local company in 2015.

Renowned for its tanning and dying of exquisite Entrefino lambskin,  Riba Guixà boasts particular mastery of leather processing and colors, offering up to 22,000 different hues of leather. This new residency is fittingly inspired by the theme of color.

LVMH Métiers d’Art will host 27-year-old sculptor and visual artist Amandine Guruceaga, whose work has been shown at Mains d’Œuvres (Saint-Ouen near Paris), and at La Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille). For five months the artist will work with teams at the tannery and take advantage of its production resources. “This is a unique opportunity to work with leather, one of humanity’s oldest materials and one that is rendered spectacularly beautiful by the infinite palette of colors created at the Riba Guixà tannery,” says Amandine Guruceaga.

This groundbreaking program supports the tannery while enabling its artisans to both expand and transmit their skills by creating bridges between contemporary art and exceptional savoir-faire. After her residency is completed in June 2017, Amandine Guruceaga will see her work featured in a book published by RVB Books.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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