Marie-Hélène Guelton, Textile Designer, at the Maison d'Exceptions show

(English subtitles available)

“My name is Marie-Hélène Guelton. I am a textile designer reworking a reserve-dyeing method called Shibori. It is a method that produces reliefs and motifs on fabric via tying, pleating and folding.

Originally I did a lot of weaving, with small lines, small dashes, small points. I stumbled upon a reserve-dyed fabric one day in an African market. I use these graphics as a base and reimagined them with embroidery on top.

Then, I studied these designs and decided that I would like to produce my own. In this way I found my path towards these dyes. I came to understand that they have been used for over 2000 years, in Africa as well as in Asia, which is certainly the origin of these dyeing methods.

What I have today is a reserve-dyed work done on a mixed Merino wool and cashmere fabric. It’s a material that only absorbs a bit of the dye, only what it must. All of the graphics are produced with serrated windings that give different shades and some relief to the wool, which is lightly felted through the process. All of the hues created come from a single dye.”