Ateliers d'Art de France

Tzuri Gueta, winner of the Creator's Award

Textile artist Tzuri Gueta was named winner of the Foundation's Creator's Award in June 2012.

Winner's profile

Tzuri Gueta prefers test tubes to tailors' scissors. Experimentation is part of this creator's DNA. He combines an innovative technique and materials with a world of creativity firmly dedicated to the organic. The origins of his work date back to his first decisive encounter with silicone, which became his favourite material. Liquid silicone is mixed with pigments or glitter and then fed into a textile or plant-based material.

Extruded through the gaps in the material, it solidifies and creates 3D shapes and various optical effects that simply cry out to be touched.

Tzuri Gueta has registered a patent to protect this unique technique. Based in Paris since 1996, he creates fabrics, jewellery and unique items, displayed in his gallery workshop in the Viaduc des Arts. He also works for well-known haute couture designers.


From the 21st of November 2013 to the 2nd of February 2014, the Foundation Ateliers d'Art de France and the National Museum of Natural History presented in the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes (great greenhouses of the Paris botanical gardens) "Noces Végétales", the 1st exhibition by the designer Tzuri Gueta.

The visitor was took on an initiatory journey through the rites and the symbols of marriage.
The nuptials that were celebrated here associate silicon lace and the plant life that thrives within the greenhouse, via a disquieting mimetism. Where exactly lies the frontier between the plant and its silicon equivalent? The frontier between what is true and what is false? Tzuri Gueta's pseudo-plant creations contribute towards the atmosphere of the site, creating a genuine dialogue with plants.

Tzuri Gueta has transformed the greenhouse into a laboratory, an experimental incubator, the glass walls of which barely impose but a fragile frontier between inside and outside. His hybrid pieces, painstakingly created in his workshop using a syringe, were deliberately oversized to fittingly adorn this monumental site.

Noces Végétales has offered a visual and sensory experience that can but stir the visitor who has come to simply admire a multitude of plants. By immersing ourselves in the silence of a vegetation sham that challenges perceptions, we were invited to experience nature differently, through the eyes of a textile artist who appropriates the role of leisure'creator. "

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The jury

The jury members are appointed for a single session :

  • Mr Serge Nicole, jury chairman, ceramist, Ateliers d'Art de France and Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation president
  • Mrs Léanne Sacramone, curator, Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation
  • Mrs Nathalie Crinière, scenographer, NC agency director
  • Mrs Charlotte Du Vivier Lebrun, head of the 20th century decorative arts department, Audap & Mirabaud auctioneers
  • Mrs Marie Kalt, AD magazine editor
  • Mr Yves Peltier, exhibition organiser, former organiser of the Vallauris International Biennial
  • Mr Vittorio Serio, cabinetmaker, Ateliers d'Art de France and Ateliers d'Art de France Foundation director
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