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Dolorès Gossye

  • Textile creator
  • Ath, Belgium
  • Master Artisan
Dolorès Gossye Textile creator
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+32 476379939
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Textiles inspired by a time and a place

  • • Dolorès feels textiles are 'tied to the nature of man'
  • • She lives in a region strongly linked to the textile industry
  • • She passes on her skills by giving lessons in sewing and cutting

Largely self-taught, Dolorès Gossye learned to make her textile creations through experimentation and observation. She built on her knowledge of fabrics by taking a costume design course, followed by an internship at the Antwerp Fashion Museum, and later a research fellowship at the Contemporary Textile Art Research Centre (Tamat) in Tournai, which enabled her to experiment and undertake research. “As a child I loved materials like leather, wood and wool, and was later drawn towards the craft of made-to-measure clothing,” she says. Interested in the symbolism of clothing, she was led to research its structure and its role as a medium of communication.

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Photo: © Bart Decobecq
La Coupure

Crafted from a discarded tuna fin, the piece aims to encourage the viewer to reflect on our respect for life, our disconnection and the separation of earth and sea. It was created during a research and experimentation workshop organised by the Centre de la Tapisserie, des Arts Muraux et des Arts du Tissu (TAMAT) in Tournai.

Length 16 cm
Width 11 cm

Photo: © Bart Decobecq
Travail, écorce, 8, recto – Work, bark, 8, recto

This wall hanging was conceived as a study of the structure of bark as well as fractals, and investigates the essence of plant, animal and human skin. It was created while the artist was participating in a research and experimentation workshop organised by the Centre de la Tapisserie, des Arts Muraux et des Arts du Tissu (TAMAT) in Tournai.

Length 47 cm
Width 32 cm

Photo: © Bart Decobecq
La Tête (The Head) (detail)

This costume was created for Les rencontres inattendues, a music and poetry festival held in France that brings together works from Eastern and Western cultures. Once it had been hand-dyed, the canvas was painted with Far East-inspired designs.

Photo: © Bernard Legrand
Se Dresser, Avancer (Upwards and Onwards) (diptych)

Created in collaboration with the museum La Piscine in Roubaix, France, this beige diptych was crafted from mummified fish skin. For each piece, several skins were sewn together, mounted on canvas and supported on stone bases. They draw their inspiration from sculptor Alfred Boucher’s works, “La Foi” (Faith) and “L’Espérance” (Hope).

Length 180 cm
Width 110 cm

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