How would you define your work?
I make metal cladding, like a second skin for the pieces I make. I blur the lines by bringing softness and volume to metal, which is considered cold and aggressive. I play with time to reveal another aspect of the metal, the oxidised, patinated metal.
How did you choose this craft?
The frustration I experienced in my first profession as a teacher pushed me towards a manual activity. I started doing this without having learned it. I already had several skills which I adapted to my project. But to realise an idea, a concept, was something I was missing.
© Gilles Leimdorfer
What specific techniques do you master?
Today I am specifically interested in wall panels on aluminum supports which I cover with bronze and zinc sheets. The colours are obtained through oxidation of the metals; there are no paints or pigments. The oxidation is then fixed with beeswax, a 100 percent natural product.
Can you recount a key moment in your professional life?
The day I dared to say that the A3 format sample I exhibited at a trade fair next to my furniture was indeed a painting. That was the beginning of an essential step in the evolution of my work – going beyond functional furniture and giving myself over to the expression of my imagination, of my inner world.