My friends think I’m a hippie! exclaims her on the day of our meeting. The beautiful and refined Annabelle Jouot shows me her latest works. Unique pieces woven in wool, like works of wall art. I am totally captivated by her world as she tells me her story over a cup of rice tea. Because it is in her home that she spends most of her time, devoted to her passion – weaving. She was originally a fashion designer, but a few months ago she began creating these huge, colourful and refined weavings which she is already exhibiting in galleries. The Socialite Family is proud to introduce you to an up-and-coming artist, a few of whose unique pieces are now exclusively available to you in our our e-shop. Please contact us on [email protected] if you would like to be delivered outside of France.
Annabelle, how would you describe yourself in just a few words?
I’m a fashion writer and an artist. I weave wall hangings.
Quel est ton parcours ?
I graduated from the Studio Berçot fashion design school and began my career in fashion about fifteen years ago. Alongside my work as a fashion writer and consultant, I started weaving last year and things took off really quickly. It came from a deep-seated desire that’s been in gestation for a long time. I’ve always loved the work of Sheila Hicks and Magdalena Abakanowicz and so rapidly and naturally, I started to create works that were increasingly big. I’ve just had an exhibition at Galerie Chappe.
How would you define your work around weaving and wool?
It’s always hard to talk about one’s own work, other people do it better than we do. I create woven pictures. I weave pictures. I paint with wool?
How do you come up with your designs and your shapes?
I always have a clear idea of the colours and composition before I start weaving. But I don’t sketch anything in advance, it’s all improvised in the sense that I leave myself the option to change my mind or to allow it to evolve. I like this quote from Picasso “I don’t seek, I find”. That’s it exactly. And if I don’t find it, I do it and do it again. It’s all in the act of doing.
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily