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Carine Mertes

Carine Mertes Felt maker
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Luxembourgish, English, French, German, Italian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+352 621193287
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Translating ideas

  • • Carine explores felting through shapes
  • • She washes and cards the raw wool herself
  • • Her vases look as smooth as ceramic pieces

Carine Mertes' atelier, located in a former stable behind her farmhouse, provides the perfect setting to create her felt pieces whether they are fine vases, wall panels or delicate fashion accessories. Different types of wool are used depending on the object. “Wool is so versatile, there are so many kinds from fine merino to coarser wool from mountain sheep.” Initially specialised in dying and painting on silk, Carine gravitated towards wool after discovering the "nuno” technique which combines wool and fabrics like silk. Seeking to learn more, she enrolled in a felting school in Germany. Her work is regularly exhibited and she was one of the artisans selected to represent Luxemburg in the Salon des Révélations 2019 edition where the Grand Duchy was guest of honour.

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Works

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Les Amphores

These amphora shaped vases were created for an exhibition in Paris in 2017. As a reference to Paris as the city of fashion, Carine’s vases were inspired by models on the catwalk. Women bodies nowadays are actively commodified in the same way, in a sense, as vessels. The vases were handcrafted in different types of wool, silk fibres, linen fibres and handmade paper.

Height 50 cm

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Hairy Pot

This Amphora was created for an exhibition in Paris exhibition in 2017. The exuberant decoration with the long wool fibres of the Heidschnucke (german heath), refers to the fashion models of Paris’ catwalks.

Height 60 cm

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Le Grand

This very big vase, exhibited and sold in Paris in 2019, is a part of a whole series of double-walled structures. The double-walls were created to bring sturdiness to the ensemble. The vase is adorned on the inside and outside with hand stitched patterns.

Height 80 cm
Diameter 40 cm

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Presque

Presque is an attempt at creating the perfect marble vase in merino wool and silk fibres. It is characterised by its perfect shape and his surprising trompe-l’oeil effects.

Height 60 cm
Diameter 40 cm

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La Cruche et sa Bassine

In recent years, Carine’s work has focused on recreating everyday objects in textiles using the felting technique. This oversized set, composed of a jar and a bowl, were inspired by antique vessels used for washing. Fine merino wool combined with raw silk fibres make these objects an intriguing pair, the silk giving the objects a golden shine.

Height 50 cm
Diameter 45 cm

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