People / Published on April 6, 2021
After an original article original written by Marie Hajehssain et published in INTÉRIEURS 61, FALL-WINTER, 2013-2014, update by Juli Pisano for INT.design in 2021.
TEXTILE DESIGN MONTRÉAL
Montréal’s Centre design & impression textile: Cradling Creators and Textile Innovations Since 1985
At the Beginning…
Montréal, Québec, Canada.1985. Monique Beauregard and Robert Lamarre,both passionate about textile printing and design wished to equip Quebec with a center for expertise and creation in textile design. They created the Centre design & impression textile de Montréal with the mission of training and fostering talents
Le Centre Design et impression textile de Montréal – Source : https://encyclomodeqc.musee-mccord.qc.ca/
Robert Lamarre and Monique Beauregard Sample Book
Source – https://collections.vam.ac.uk/
5 Years Later…
A true cradle for new talents and textile innovations since, the Centre, located on the banks of the Lachine Canal in the Saint-Henri neighbourhood extends over 15,000 square feet and holds a transitional workshop, a sort of talent incubator where graduating students have succeeded in occupying the space for research and production means.
SCOLO Project, ArteLOCO Model/ Design: Célia Widemann. Collaboration developed in the Textile Creation II Class. Teacher: Vicky André.
Collectif Textile & ct studio
Among the students who occupied the transitional workshop, were Audrey Fortin and Lucie Leroux, two graduates in craft techniques with a textile printing option.
Accompanied by Vicky André, an arts graduate in Paris and leather goods in Montreal, the three fiber lovers are cofounders of Collectif Textile a blog which aims to promote contemporary textile creation in all its forms; and to highlight the trades and know-how of this fascinating sector.
They created the blog of the same name in 2012 to inspire and educate the public, but also to forge lasting links with the international textile community.
Collectif Textile Welcome Page – source : collectiftextile.com
In 2019, the trio launched the textile design ct•studio,and has since offered fashion, furniture and stationery professionals exclusive turnkey patterns, some more original than other.
ct•studio welcomepage- source : ctstudio.ca
AUDREY FORTIN —Storytelling and Legends on Wallpaper
Audrey Fortin – Photo by : Jolianne L’allier Matteau and Alexandre Chabot
After studying fine arts, woodworking and chocolate making, Audrey Fortin fell in love with handmade wallpaper during a trip to Berlin.
For Audrey, everything starts with an idea, a theme, and then comes the drawing. Several drawings on the same theme, pieced together to form a pattern. She draws her inspiration from her native region, the Saguenay. The scent of pine, earth, blueberries, hares, in sum, the fauna and flora pervade her creations, even the most geometric ones. A Montrealer by adoption, she feeds her creativity with two great opposing forces, nature and the city.
Under the Walls of Ivy, brand since 2012, Audrey Fortin mainly creates custom wallpapers available online and in selected retailers.
VICKY ANDRÉ — Noir de mars
After studying and teaching visual arts in Paris, Vicky felt the need to put her creativity into more concrete applications. His fascination with contemporary arts and the power of fashion naturally led him to undertake training in leather goods and textile design.
In 2020, always eager to develop new skills, she is completing an encoding bootcamp and cultivating a particular interest in front-end development. She teaches at the Center design et impression textile de Montréal and she creates… from surface design to website development! That’s what you call having multiple arrows on your bow!
LUCIE LEROUX — Textile Laboratory
Lucie Leroux is passionate about working on materials and the transformation of textile. She glues, superposes, devours, burns, adds, removes and plays on brilliance and transparency, to make materials flexible or rigid, opaque or openwork.
It is the reaction from the fabric that guides her creative process. New paths to experimentation arise from hazards and errors. Her penchant for geometric shapes and work on volume comes from her training as an interior architect, which she completed in France. She perceives fabric as a tridimensional object, working both sides, creating volume.
Lucy is currently working on experimental and sculptural pieces, and developing a sample bank of ennobled textile with an emphasis, inter alia, on lace, her preferred technique. She currently presents Souk Habitat, the design of a new house at Place Ville Marie, Montréal.
Lighting by Lucie Leroux at Souk Habitat 2021 – Source : lucie-leroux.com