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Sophie Theodose

Sophie Theodose Manuscript illuminator
French, English
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00
+33 609893322
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The path to illumination

  • • Illumination is a medieval technique of painting on parchment
  • • Materials include extra fine pigments, gouache and gold leaf
  • • Sophie uses parchment that is typically made of goatskin

Sophie Théodose always loved history and romanesque art, so she came across illuminations at an early age. However she decided to study fashion and worked in the fashion industry for close to 15 years. One day, visiting a local exhibition, she chanced upon a woman exhibiting a few illuminations. Certain this was what she wanted to do, in 2005, Sophie abandoned the fashion industry and contacted Benoit Cazelle, an illumination artist in Normandy, who took her on as an apprentice. She flourished in the exercise of this secular art transmitted down from the Middle Ages. Each work is unique, depending on the particular mix of the materials, the irregularities of the parchment and the shimmer of the pigments. “For me it was obvious. This was what I wanted to do. It just took me a while to get there,” she says.

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In Between Lakes

Entrelacs is a sculpture made up of six scrolls of parchment surrounding a white goatskin parchment pedestal. The scrolls are decorated with patterns evoking the sea, with the gold and blue colours rising elegantly up the parchment like waves.

Length 21 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 35 cm

Photo: © Victor Robert
Between the Lakes hanging lights

Seascape patterns adorn these three hanging illuminated parchment lights designed to bring warmth to an interior space. This sizeable work invites you to reach out and touch it, surprising you by its composition and sensory contact.

Length 30 cm
Width 8.5 cm

Photo: © N Vercellino
Copper Garden

This piece was inspired by Sophie’s view of the garden from the ground floor of her house. The branches and leaves are made of rose copper oxide leaf, outlined in dark ink so that they stand out from the background while conserving their lightness.

Length 3 m
Height 2.5 m

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In May 2015

This piece draws its inspiration from the traditions of the Middle Ages and the refinement of the Gothic era. The flower motifs recall the poets Pierre de Ronsard and François de Malherbe, whose works celebrated the ephemeral beauty of life. En Mai 2015 thus pictures a rose that has already blossomed, fragile yet perennial.

Diameter 60 cm

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