Friday, May 25, 2012

Boutis in France

Having been back in Montpellier for 3 weeks now, spring cleaning is done, the pantry is more or less restocked with all of the local delicacies, and our balcony is slowly "greening up". We have also spent time with friends, savouring the delights of the countryside, both with our eyes and our taste buds.

Spring fields are brilliant with poppies that grow wild.

A local vineyard that makes a refreshing rose.

The nearby fishing village of Grau du Rois.

Aside from enjoying some of the delights of the area, my research of the local needlework tradition of boutis continues. I was fortunate to be able to attend the first "Salon National du Boutis", held in Caissargues (near Nimes), and organized by France Boutis.

France Boutis supports both traditional and contemporary boutis, and the exhibition had the best of both types of work on display. Because of copyright concerns, I have no photos of the show, however, the following links will take you to the websites of some of the most talented boutis artisans of France who were part of this amazing exhibition.
Francine Born:
Dominique Fave:
Hubert Valeri:

Christiane Vignal was another of the talented "boutisseuse" at the exhibition.

Having taken 2 courses last year, one with Monsieur Valeri (see link above), a contemporary boutis artist, the other at the Maison du Boutis in Calvisson, ,an organization that holds fast to the authentic, traditional designs and techniques, my intention is to continue my research and study of this art form throughout my stay in France. I am currently registered with Madame Francine Born for a 2 day course in June, and am pursuing other opportunities as they arise. I will post my progress throughout the summer.