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Albane Salmon Atelier Sauvage

Published 17 / 03 / 2021

Halfway between sculpture and furniture, Albane designs pieces whose organic shapes evoke the beauty of nature. Intrinsically linked to mountainous landscapes, she demonstrates through her pieces a deep respect for the material. Located in Bagnolet, in the Paris region, she has set up her studio “Atelier Sauvage”, where she experiments with new techniques and enhances each piece of wood. Inspiring meeting...

What is your background? 

I first did studies that had nothing to do with woodworking, but an intuition, a desire for something concrete, made me change course. I was talking about it as a joke at first. Then it became real. As soon as I finished my studies, I tried to train myself in cabinetmaking. I wanted to create with my hands. Bring to life what was going through my head. Experiment. Woodworking was a gateway to a much larger universe, that of creation.

How would you define your job? 

I like to think that my work is at the crossroads of two worlds, somewhere between sculpture and furniture. It is about moving, transmitting a little well-being, gentleness, poetry! I approach woodwork in the manner of a sculptor or a ceramist who models the earth, favoring pure and organic forms, traced and modeled "freehand". For me, it is in the imbalance, in the absence of symmetry that beauty hides. I try to maximize the uniqueness of each piece of wood. I like to think that the material helps dictate the shape, so I will never reproduce the same twice. On the other hand, this artisanal approach to working with the material is also for me the choice of a model of society, of a lifestyle that we promote through this way of working. We relearn the value of objects, work, time and human life.

What is your creative process? 

For me, manufacturing is inseparable from design. When I create an object, there is the idea that I have at the beginning and the result obtained. Even if I happen to draw very precise things upstream, going through the workshop is a decisive step. Depending on the grain of the wood chosen, the nuances of its color, its reaction when working on it, the project evolves. I also really like to start from what I have on hand to create, to think about my projects from what I already have at my disposal. From a creative point of view, I discovered that coercion can be a real wealth. This allows me to extend as much as possible the life of the trees that are found in my workshop, trying to enhance even the smallest falls.

How do you relate to wood? 

When we talk about trees, we are talking about individuals, populations. In my opinion, this reflects all the richness of this material. Within the same species there are no two identical individuals, each one has its own character and its own beauty. This is what makes it such a lively and warm material. It is an inexhaustible source of surprises and fun!

What are your sources of inspiration? 

They are obviously numerous and diverse because everything that surrounds me influences me in one way or another but from an aesthetic point of view, it is nature that nourishes my work the most. I am from the Hautes Alpes where I grew up in a family that spends as much time as possible in the mountains. Even if I am undoubtedly the most urban of the family, the mountain landscapes marked my imagination and contributed to the formation of my aesthetic sensitivity. What is more beautiful than a ridge shaped and worn by rain and wind, or a pebble carved by the water of a torrent? Erosion, metamorphoses over the seasons ... It is this chance of shapes and textures sculpted by the elements, as much as the intensity of the colors found in nature that I try to transcribe in my work. .

Can you describe your work environment to us? 

Today, I mainly work alone but I share a workshop with other carpenters. Although having quite different practices, this cohabitation is a source of much exchange and mutual enrichment. For the same reasons, I work regularly in collaboration with other craftsmen, architects or artists. Working alone brings a lot of freedom, but sharing remains a driving force and a source of fundamental discoveries for me.

Can you show us the exhibits at the event? “Bring the Trees Indoors” ? 

These are two red elm vases created for the occasion. They were made from an assembly inspired by the manufacture of boat masts and then modeled freehand. Each of the vases takes up in its own way the aesthetics of the stumps and branches of trees which, at the end of a cycle, litter the soil of our forests and become the breeding ground for other forms of life. Like them, these vases offer a favorable environment for the blooming of the delicate floral arrangements of Meggan Roussel.

 

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