Marie-Hélène Massé-Bersani, Mobilier national, at the Maison d'Exceptions show 2/2

(English subtitles available)

“I am Marie-Hélène Massé-Bersani and I work for Mobilier national. I am the director of productions in Gobelins, Beauvais, Savonnerie and of the lace workshops in Alençon and Puy.

Since the first edition of Maison d’Exceptions at Première Vision, we have presented lace. Two lace makers came to present their finished work as well as works in progress, and to provide demonstrations of needle working.

This needle-worked lace is very particular. The Alençon point requires twelve steps. Today there are about eight people in the world capable of this savoir-faire, which is now considered a UNESCO intangible heritage.

So, it was very important to showcase this technique, this experience that dates from the 17th century until today, and to put it at the disposal of contemporary artists. To be able to say that we are still alive and still have this savoir-faire, there is nothing more than that.”