I love today’s expression. Faire tapisserie (fair tapeesree) literally means to make tapestry, but figuratively it means “to be a wallflower.” It’s hard to imagine tapestry covered walls fading into the background. But if your ancestral hangings aren’t looking as lovely as they once were, Charles Jouffre is a master tapissier, an artisan skilled in creating and repairing tapestries. Jouffre spent four years as an apprentice learning his craft. With workshops in Paris, Lyon, and New York, he’ll be able to accommodate your project; in fact, he even does yachts. He has moved far beyond restoration and will also craft the finest quality custom sofas for clients that include heads of state. His restoration commissions include Versailles, Paris’ Opéra Garnier (pictured in the photo), and the Elysées Palace (home of the French president). In the States, he has worked at the Frick museum and New York’s Four Seasons hotel. Not bad for a guy who started in a cellar in Lyon in 1987. Check him out at http://www.charles-jouffre.com.
- Ceramics 2: Suzanne Lalique-Haviland (aixcentric.com)
- 3rd Day: La Tapisserie de Bayeux (rlfrance2013.wordpress.com)
- Wall Tapestries Aren’t Just For Castles And Villas (bellacor.com)
- Artist Guillermo Bert weaves QR codes into indigenous tapestries (myassettag.com)
- At the Cluny museum (noidlehan.com)