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Charlène Poret

  • Lacemaker
  • L'Orée D'Ecouves, France
  • Rising Star
Charlène Poret Lacemaker
French, English
By appointment only
+33 677726243
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A guardian of tradition

  • • Charlène specialises in lace
  • • She is one of a few to master the Alençon lace technique
  • • She is fascinated by the science related to textile arts

Following a career path in needle embroidery seemed like an obvious choice for this passionate craftswoman fascinated by all things related to textile arts. Charlène Poret holds two brevets des Métiers d'Art in hand embroidery and in lace needlepoint and completed a five-year training at the National Workshop at the Point d’Alençon, before opening her own studio in 2016. She chose to stay in Normandy where she specialises in dyeing on vegetable fibres using local wild plants, a know-how she likes to share by hosting workshops for professionals and individuals. With less than 15 lacemakers still practicing the Alençon needlepoint technique in the world, it could be said that she has become a true guardian of a lacemaking tradition.

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Photo: ©David Commenchal
Fleur de lotus / Lotus flower

Framed piece of lace made with the Alençon point lace, a know-how listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Height 5 cm
Width 5 cm

Photo: ©David Commenchal
Flower of yesteryear

This piece of lace was made by Charlène Poret using the traditional Alençon needlepoint technique, a know-how listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Height 5 cm
Width 8.5 cm

Photo: ©David Commenchal
Post-Build Natural Dye Prototype

Vegetable dye finish test on a sample of Alençon lace. The dye is made with Tanacetum Vulgare commonly named Tansy.

Height 1.5 cm
Width 2.5 cm

Photo: ©David Commenchal
Oak Leaf

This a technical drawing made by Charlène Poret prior to creating her lace of an oak leaf using the Alençon needlepoint tehcnique.

Height 4 cm
Width 4.5 cm

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