Anne Masson and Eric Chevalier have collaborated since 2006.
Both trained in textile design, their work results of an investigation and experiment with materials. The pair explores different possible levels of working on the design of textiles, from the raw material to the finished product and its multiple facets -sometimes on the yarn, sometimes on the pattern, on a structure, texture or on a specific shape-. They deal with a wide range of processes and techniques that reveal unexpected views of materials. Radical and precise gesture changes some used or waste items into a new shape and functionality. They often use craft-related processes combined with industrial implementation, sometimes each practised in turn on the same item.
Besides a self-initiated production seen as an exploratory field, the tandem questions textiles in different contexts, as a medium linked to intimate and collective issues. Driven by the pleasure of making and stimulated by transdisciplinary practices, they collaborate with architects, designers and choreographer. The experience with architect offices has brought the studio to meet sharp technical requirements with a sensitive approach, in order to influence effective and affective qualities of the inhabited space. Investing different scales from the very structure of materials to scale 1 of prototypes and space, working with a network of selected suppliers, makers and external collaborators are driving forces for their practice.
Their work is part of private and public collections, such as Gent Design Museum, CID Grand Hornu, Brussels Mode et Dentelle Museum, CNAP in Paris and Barbier-Mueller in Geneva.
Anne runs the textile design Master degree at La Cambre art and design academy in Brussels. Graduated from La Cambre, textile design department, she won the Federal Swiss cultural award (1994, 1996, 1998), collaborated with the accessories designer Eric Beauduin in Brussels and with the Edelkoort Studio in Paris.
Eric teaches in the Textile design and in the Fashion department at La Cambre. After graduating from l’ESAAT in Roubaix (DSAA, 1996), Eric worked as a free lance textile designer for Christian Lacroix Haute-Couture and in research for the automotive industry.
Flore Fockedey has been a regular collaborator since 2018, after an Architecture Master degree at ULB La Cambre Horta in Brussels.