Elodie Blanchard Studio Visit
Elodie will be showing her latest award winning upholstery fabric collection for HBF Textiles presented at Neocon this year. She will explain the process and show samples of the rest of her artworks.
Elodie Blanchard is a textile designer, colorist and stylist. She also creates and produces fiber art installations and custom drapes from her studio in New York City. In 2014, she began an ongoing collaboration with HBF Textiles designing four award winning upholstery fabric collections. Her aesthetic is modern and whimsical.
A native of Grenoble, France, Blanchard's obsession with textiles took form in her teens, designing clothes and organizing fashion shows. After winning the public prize at the International Festival of Hyéres for creating a collection of garments that transformed elegant jackets to a one or two-person tent, she was invited to sell her eponymous clothing line at the famed French mail order company La Redoute at the age of 23.
While Blanchard holds degrees in sculpture from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and fashion from the Ecole des Arts Appliqués Duperré, it was at Cal Arts in Los Angeles that she started to work on a larger scale. There, she experimented in installation and performance settings with musicians and dancers. As the recipient of the Colin-Lefranc Grant, she developed musical textiles and crafted entire costumes out of thousands of rubber bands for concerts and dance shows.
Blanchard's intimate knowledge of material and fabrication lead to numerous collaborations with architects on site specific projects. As a result, she formed her Brooklyn-based design studio in 2005. Elodie Blanchard Studio enabled her to link her interest in textiles with creative problem solving. She also designs and produces a small line of soft goods.
She has taught at Parsons School for Design and lives with her husband Jonathan and their son Gaspard in Brooklyn, just a bike ride away from her studio.