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Optical Wax: exhibition Arnaud Lebasnier, pattern illusionist | ⋐⋑Connecting Trends

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Two days ago was the vernissage of French set Designer, Arnaud Lebasnier at the No Mad Art Gallery in Paris. Transparent materials has become the preferred shelf for the work of Arnaud, who uses recycled glass or acrylic to compose his artworks. For this collection baptised « Mo(ve)ment », the Artist picked up some windscreens that were used at the set decor during a film shoot and kept the shooting holes produced while the special effects were being filmed.

Arnaud’s father works as a upholsterer decorator, and his grand mother was a couturière (dress maker), so he has always been inspired by fashion and textiles.

The inspiration for this artwork is a mix between Op Art from the 60’s and the Wax fabrics from west Africa coasts. For the making of his work, Arnaud uses almost the same technique of wax fabrics, but instead of using natural wax he uses scotch tape ans then cuts it millimetric in order to have the pattern he previously draw on a paper. And finally, to add the vibrant colours, he « dyes » the acrylic or glass with spray painting on the back of the shelf to finally find the print on the front. So his oeuvre d’art is double sided printed.

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Laura Garciouz by ©Arnaud & Axel Faure Beaulieu courtesy of No Mad Gallery

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*Special thanks to Arnaud Faure Beaulieu of No Mad Galerie for his time and precious help! :)

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Tradionally, the Wax Fabrics is a native technique first used by the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) ans it refers to the technique used to manufacture the textiles. The Dutch wax were imported in 1836 to the coasts of West Africa and since then it has become very successful and also a way of expression of women, that uses prints to express by symbolic language what they cannot say with words.

The Fashion Industry put an eye to this traditional technique and since then, some european brands built community around it, and and a contemporary style.

One of the exemples I like the most is the new French brand made in Italy Wax Man Brothers who was launched in 2013 by two Italians living in Montmartre. (NDLR: I tried to reach them to interview them for this article but it as impossible, sadly no answer, maybe another time).

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And for the end, a clip from SBTRKT absolutely accurated for this African « printspiration »!

Refreshing the past: Marilyn Feltz designed a retro glamorous African print collection.
Chill the chili pepper out! OSÈ is a patchwork of traditional & modern African restaurant.

Laura Garciouz

I'm an Interior Architect & Designer passionated by all creative fields. You're welcome to be part of this universe with unlimited boundaries!

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