Welcome to the world of Frederique Morrel.
This eccentric French husband and wife (and children and dog) team repurpose tapestry and needlepoint to dramatic effect.
Whether it is patching tapestry onto polyurethane taxidermy moulds, like Jeff (above) or using the needlepoint pieces to upholster furniture, the works breathe new life into other peoples’ craftwork that is often left behind.
I’ve always felt saddened to see old needlepoint and tapestries that end up in the charity shops, unloved and unwanted. In fact I’ve even done a bit of upcycling myself in the past, so this kind of work is a joy to behold.
But the thing I like most about Frederique Morrel is their choice of subject. Some may find these poufs slightly ordinary, although a closer inspection of the needlepoints chosen is bound to change that view; however their other creations create a big impact, balancing on that line between gaudiness and genius.
Frederique Morrel exhibit at various locations in Europe. You can visit their website to understand them a bit better and purchase their work. C’est fantastique!
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