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Joëlle Picquet

  • Fabric sculptor
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Rising Star
Joëlle Picquet Fabric sculptor
By appointment only
+32 477736194
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All the colours of the world

  • • Joëlle sources some of her materials at a local flea market
  • • Her colours are inspired by African and Indian aesthetics
  • • She used to work as a nurse in maternity care

For 25 years, Joëlle Picquet worked as a nurse in maternity care. Today, her textile art is all about the creation of new life through flamboyant colours. She finds some of her fabrics at a Brussels flea market, where she also finds interesting old tools. “This way, I offer a new purpose to discarded materials and keep traditional techniques alive,” she says. Joëlle's use of colour is partly inspired by her travels in Africa, but her work can also provide a sense of peacefulness, especially her indigo creations. She learned to dye with indigo in India. “When I discover new places and meet new people, doors open in my mind. After going through these doors, I always encounter fascinating stories that I want to transmit in my creations.”

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Photo: ©Anne d'Huart
All around shades of indigo

This framed piece is made of small pieces of cotton, assembled by hand in a round shape and dyed with indigo dye. The outer part of the round shape is dyed in a darker indigo shade than the inner part.

Photo: ©Anne d'Huart
Colours of Africa

This framed work is made of a woven piece with small pieces of wax fabric inserted into it. It has pieces of pearl cotton in the background.

Photo: ©Anne d'Huart
Indigo lines

This framed piece with fabric in indigo is made of different lines, created by natural indigo dyeing on cotton with the Japanese shibori dyeing technique. This is the first work in indigo that Joelle Picquet made in India: it made her discover the beauty and depth of this fascinating blue.

Photo: ©Anne d'Huart

This frame is a work made of petals and knots of assembled wax fabric, all in many different vibrant colours. It was made on an old lace pillow.

Photo: ©Anne d'Huart
Indian colours

This frame is a work consisting of Indian fabrics sewn on a string and assembled by hand.

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