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The Last Embroiderer…Tribute to Francois Lesage

January 14, 2012

While living in Britain in the 80s, I had an opportunity to see a special embroidery/bead exhibition at Liberty of London arranged by Francois Lesage.  See this link .  There were so many beautiful, fantastic items from high fashion to small accessories, many beaded items made by means of the tambour hook.  Mr. Lesage was a very special embroiderer who created for Chanel and Karl Lagerfield among many others in the fashion industry. That show so inspired me not only for the sheer beauty of it but for the amount of art and design placed into the embroidered beaded pieces that were on show.  I treasure a rare book by Francois Lesage that my husband went to great lengths to get for me after the exhibition.  Students always get to see it when they learn bead skills at our center.  Understanding light, pattern and texture when working with beads is a well developed skill that Francois Lesage had in spades.  Thank you for that brief glimpse into the world of the truly creative.  Your genius will be missed.  Here are a few photos of a small handmade beaded book that George Taylor created from one of my Level 2 classes at our center in Washington. Copyright George Taylor                   I know you will enjoy it.  Gail    

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Leslie B. permalink
    January 14, 2012 5:43 pm

    Gail, thanks for sharing this amazing video; would love to see those embroiderers onsite – between this video and your last post (silk threads) I am itching to pick-up a needle … but my A&D homework beckons. See you at the end of January!

  2. Barbara Fox permalink
    January 14, 2012 9:17 pm

    The video was simply wonderful. Thank you for sharing this glimpse of the life of such a renowned embroiderer. Makes me want to get right to work with my beading/embroidery homework. The slideshow of the beaded book was truly “eye candy.” Loved this post!

  3. Marilynn Olson permalink
    January 15, 2012 1:27 am

    Gail, I do love your posts. The video and slide show were wonderful and inspiring. Once again, thank you for keeping us so enlightened.


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