Cécile Vignau

Inspired by the tiny squares in technical drawings for weaving, Pixe is in a way a zooming in of the fabric. Woven on a navy cotton warp, it comes in five colorful variations, to fit a tablecloth and four different colored napkins.
How can coloured surfaces interact subtly in daily life? Variations Chromatiques (or Chromatic Variations) question our relationship to colour in private interiors. Inspired by Pointillist’ paintings, many coloured brush strokes juxtaposed create vibrating surfaces. With two or three colours, “living” surfaces are born — between the solid colour and the actual pattern. As the colours blend together by optical illusion, these surfaces are never the same. They are changed by the variations’ light and the user’s point of view.
Camif ÉDITION, a French furniture brand engaged for local and ecological production, wants to encourage children and adults to personalize their own bed linens. Indeed, singular and personal objects will be kept longer because synonymous with memories and emotions. With a French weaver, we propose a lightweight solution with the least impact possible. A collection of plain colored sheets (weaved, dyed and manufactured locally in 100% organic cotton) is linked with small boxes with fabric paintings, safe for health and environment (Oeko-Tex). Then, the idea is to use everyday objects to create your own and unique pillowcase: sponge, vegetables, leafs, adhesive tape, ice cube, toothbrush, lace, sticker... The personalization is promoted through workshops and tutorials, for little ones and grown-ups.
Segment is a hand-woven carpet using very large, smooth wool threads. As a part of the Variations Chromatiques project, it is inspired by some Pointillist painting details with big brush strokes, showing flashes of light on the water or on the sky. By this strong, dynamic and sparkling surface, the carpet becomes the heart of the room.

Brume is a double curtain composed of a semi-transparent textile superimposed on an opaque fabric. The same pattern is printed on both fabrics in two different colours which mix by superposition and form a third shade. Brume curtain creates specific lights as the day progresses and becomes an "active" element of the room due to its modularity.

This textile range - part of the Variations Chromatiques project - is born from the observation that most upholstered objects are covered either by plain colour or large patterns. After researching embroideries on canvas, a “infinit” pattern was designed on a jacquard loom.
During the spring of 2015, I collaborated with Danish textile designer Margrethe Odgaard and her team. She develops multidisciplinary projects, always driven by “a constant search for fresh ways of exploiting colour and pattern in the material”. We worked on different textiles, objects and clothes, from unique and experimental pieces to industrial objects. After this experience, Margrethe Odgaard followed and advised me during my diploma project.
The artist Jean Dubuffet described some artistic forms as “small works of nothing at all, quite concise, almost unformed, but sounding very strong”. Le commun magique is a reflexion on these unsophisticated drawings, paintings and sculptures.
This curious bench was created during a special workshop at ENSCI-Les Ateliers with three designers and four comedians from the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School. During two weeks, we were invited to experiment materials, liase with the comedians and design together a object for the stage. We proposed this funny bench, mix between a rocking horse and a luge, that invites comedians to find a balance game.
These different textiles are designed on looms or knitting machines at ENSCI-Les Ateliers. Each sample is constructed by testing yarns, process and drawings in order to reach different tactile and visual sensations. The fabrication is artisanal but always with industrial techniques in mind.
This weaving, composed of glass and optic fibers, is a special design for the international glass fiber company Saint-Gobain Adfors. The pattern, inspired by Henri Matisse’s painting Luxe, calme et volupté (below), is composed by many coloured segments randomly positioned on the white surface (just one thread with many sequences of bright colors is used). After production and finishing, the textile becomes a large panel fixed on a wall that can be use as luminous source or simple decorative element.

Écrin is a small bag in plywood. It was designed for the Louvre boutique to celebrate a new gallery in the museum dedicated to the 18th French century. With an unsual and refined coating that looks like lace, this object reminds us of this elegant French period. The wood, first painted over the entire surface, is then engraved by a laser machine: a flower pattern appears by the contrast between the painting and the wood. Between the initial inspiration and the process, Écrin connects the 18th century and today.

RVB (or RGB in English) is a never-ended collection of projects which inspire me as a designer: pieces of art, books, architectures, patterns, movies… Collected and tidy in three colors (Red, Green and Blue), the compilation was printed in three small pocket-sized books — very easy to bring and consult everywhere.
Real fabrics, wood, marbles or clays bring volume, details and incarnation to simple vector drawings. "Cutting" directly in photographic materials gives a new graphic perception, between 2D and 3D, to this everyday objects’ inventory.
Ten “Sornettes”, which mean in french very short absurd stories, closed to poem or fable, were first written and then illustrated. Each one talks about the intimate, loneliness and absence with humor and poetry. All the drawings were drawn with Indian ink and black Cristal Bic pen, created a very graphic and homogeneous world. Inspired by Boris Vian’ texts, Jacques Tati’s movies and Carelman’s catalog, the “Sornettes” invent a poetic world where the strange disturbs an apparent tranquility.