Ateliers d'Art de France


Simone Pheulpin, was named the winner of the Creator’s Award in May 2015.

For Simone Pheulpin, a fundamentally atypical textile sculptor, folding is a language, her language. Her strips of raw cotton, tirelessly stacked, twisted and connected, produce organic sculptures that reflect Simone Pheulpin’s intense, deep, astonished perspective on nature and convey her view of the world with infinite poetry.


Simone Pheulpin has never been to art school, never learned to cut or model, and yet she demonstrates total command of three-dimensional sculpture. She uses the most simple of materials, strips of raw cotton, and yet the noble, precious finish resembles numerous different materials: fossilised stone, bark, coral, shells, ivory, etc.

Her creations are the result of a long, slow process of stacking, coiling, folding and tightening, which produces complex structures held together at the centre by thousands of invisible pins.

"My creations are the product of an instinctive form of expression. The flexibility of the material and the stacking process produce shapes that light and shadow play with. They reflect harmony with the natural world."

A general description that says nothing of the clear, staggering dexterity and magical grace of the expert technique used by this multi-award winning artist.

Simone Pheulpin © DR
Simone Pheulpin © DR

The exhibition project

In 2015, when it awarded the second edition of its Creator’s Award, which is designed to showcase an iconic craft technique, the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation decided to cast the spotlight on an original, unique personal technique with an apparently endless array of possibilities commensurate with the artist’s creativity.

The resulting exhibition, Un monde de plis, retracing 30 years of work, will be staged in the Chapelle expiatoire in Paris, a venue whose spaces and decor will resonate with the textile sculptor’s contemporary creations.

There is no doubt that such a project will give merited prominence to the precision and subtlety of the work of Simone Pheulpin who, though her folding, reveals natural shapes, moves from shadow to light, reveals and hides things, subjects technique to aesthetics and treads the path to spirituality through her patient manual labour.

The selection committee

The members of the selection committee are appointed for just one edition:

  • Marie AUBERT, section editor, La Gazette Drouot magazine
  • Frédéric BOUCHET, head of promotion and events, Métiers d’art, Est Ensemble
  • Laurent BOURDEREAU, director of the Domaine départemental de Chamarande
  • Jean-Luc OLIVIÉ, head curator of the glass department of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris
  • Annie TOULZAT, principal of the Ecole supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré
  • Serge NICOLE, ceramist, president of the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation
  • Sébastien PANIS, cabinetmaker, director of the Ateliers d’Art de France Foundation

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