This season’s featured Artisan of Provence is a sustainable, plant-based, textile designer that we have collaborated with since 2017 in our Luxe Provence product lines and curations. We have featured Aurore’s couture silk pieces in our Luxe Provence curations on two occasions over the past years. We are thrilled to collaborate together again this season on a limited-edition version of one of our most popular dresses. We’ve asked Aurore to create a custom plant-dyed textile design and natural blush color for our, Athena Dress. Each is a unique piece and hand-dyed using only local natural plants: garance, pomegranate and walnut shells, to create a champ des fleurs inspired pattern on our signature Italian silk and cotton voile. The results are stunning! This special edition Athena dress also features playful short sleeves in a new mid-calf length; perfect for romping through flowers fields, and heading off to a chic cocktail party by night.
ABOUT THIS SEASON’S ARTISAN OF PROVENCE
Aurore studied at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France in 2009, specializing in textile design. Upon graduation, Aurore moved to London, where she worked on several high-profile artistic collaborations, including an installation for the Hackney Wicked Festival of contemporary art. She was asked to exhibit her large format silk textiles in the historic Eglise du Couvent des Celestins at the Parcours de l’Art in 2013 (featured below). The Celestine Church is located in Corps-Saints Square and was constructed under the orders of Clement VII in 1389. In parallel, she also launched her own brand, HAPE, with the mission of designing and creating unique textile pieces of art working with natural methods, dyes and materials.
In 2011, she returned to her birthplace of Avignon to perfect her craft integrating natural plant-based dying and serigraphy techniques into her work. And after a few years back in Provence, she has since settled into a lovely atelier at the Cité d’Artistes du Couvent Levat in Marseille, a former convent set on 1,7 hectares of gorgeous garden space in the center of the city filled. The Couvent Levat – Atelier Juxtapox Association was granted a 3-year lease to use the convent building and set up its “city of artists” project, in an eco-responsible place at moderate rates bringing together artists, artisans and independent designers, to foster creation and interdisciplinary interactions. For the city of Marseille, it is an opportunity to support and actively participate in the movement and rise of establishing Marseille as an artist and design center, while avoiding heavy costs of protecting the vast building and land.
We went behind-the-scenes with Aurore in her atelier to discover more about her design process, inspiration and methods on how she creates her beautiful silk works of art.
All of the color dyes Aurore uses for her textile art is made from local plant roots, leaves and even pomegranates from her grandmother’s Provence garden. Her beautifully organic, patterned prints are created by impressing the elements themselves into the carefully tinted fabric. For example, the reddish colors and patterns (picture above and below) were created from the roots of the garance plant, a pesky and sticky Provence weed that she integrates into her design. Truly a stunning example of finding the beauty in everyday living things.
We hope you are as excited as we are to discover more about this season’s limited edition Athena Dress collaboration featuring Aurore’s plant-based textile. Not only is this piece hand-dyed, but also features hand-frayed detailing by our local artisan couturiere, Laure Pailhon which makes each dress a truly, handmade and unique piece.
Part of our passion is to discover and promote local talented artisans while integrating sustainable and local design practices into our Luxe Provence product lines to share with you. We are proud to work with Provence’s top French artisans to create sustainable, ethically created pieces that are designed to last for years to come. Sustainable, artisanal and ethical design practices have and will always be a strong part of our brand values and mission.
Let us know what you think about our latest collaboration and what color palettes you’d like to see next!
We have featured Aurore’s couture silk tunique pieces as a hero option in our first V1: Mediterranean Gold: Climb Aboard curation, our subscription featuring a resort wear inspired collection, as well as, in our Luxe Provence home textiles shipped in our V9: Autumn Impressions – Luxe Provence Blush Subscription.