I became slowly aware that my respiratory sensibility (to plastics, acrylics, resins, preservatives, some pigments such as cadmium and chromium)  forbids me from using most commercial paints. It made me desperate not being able to paint. It took all my time to replace the paints by natural products, such as earth pigments, oil paintings without solvents, "organic" watercolors. I also began to replace painting by embroidery and tapestry. I really miss bright oranges, stunning yellow, deep purples, or sexy reds. I felt as excluded from all fun.


It took me even more time to understand that these products are polluting our environment. They are much more harmful than I thought. Extinction of animals have three causes, and (1) pollution is maybe understated in comparison of (2) climate change and (3) habitat destruction. According to french CNRS, 30% of birds have simply disappeared since 2001. I also think about this very famous female artist of the UK who got a bladder cancer, a condition linked to paint products. I painted french birds a while ago (see the frame painting), in a maize field: do we really want them dead? And what about having these products at home, emitting volatile compounds we know not much about?


In this new handwoven piece, I experimented new seizing techniques (the technique of preparing a support for painting), natural dyes, weaving paper threads and embroidering colored cottons. I want to explore the alternative possibilities offered to an artist to make non boring, fun artworks or even paintings. Two handwoven clothes with linen and paper threads have been cut and sewn, then dyed, painted with pigments, embroidered with thread and magazine slats of paper, then patched with inserts of commercial rovings of wool.

This painful and difficult task of creating an artwork without plastic is much easier than getting rid of plastic and plastified-textiles in everyday life!

No plastic