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Elsa Dray-Farges

  • Paper worker
  • Montreuil, France
  • Master Artisan
Elsa Dray-Farges Paper worker
French, English
By appointment only
+33 651822602
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Embracing imperfections

  • • Elsa likes to show her personality through her creations
  • • She loves getting up every morning and following her passion
  • • She made a window display for Hermès

Elsa graduated from the ENSAAMA (Paris) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam) in Textile Design. For her final examination Elsa made her entire project from papier mâché masks and miniature sculptures of birds. She created a whole story about characters that meet each other, fall in love, or miss each other. Papier mâché was cheap, so as a student it enabled her to make a large body of work without a big financial cost. Elsa immediately fell in love with the material and its imperfections. For her, it felt alive and natural and meant that she could make sculptures from start to finish. For many years she learned from Frank Visser from IJM studio in Amsterdam who was the first person to hire her after her graduation until she formed her own practice and was successfully selected to create a window display for Hermès.

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  • ©David Chikly
  • ©Elsa Dray-Farges
  • ©Eve Campestrini
  • ©Elsa Dray-Farges
  • ©Eve Campestrini
Photo: ©David Chikly
Bensimon’s birthday sneakers

Elsa made this interpretation of Bensimon’s iconic sneakers for their 40th birthday. Bensimon asked several artists to customize and create an artistic and personal vision of their iconic sneakers. Elsa made her pair with chicken wire covered with multicoloured tin foil that has been cut into strip and glued all over the papier mâché sculpture.

Length 23 cm
Width 9 cm
Height 7 cm

Photo: ©Elsa Dray-Farges
Crazy green dog

Elsa made this dog head sculpture to hang on the wall as a trophy. She sculpted the shape of the dog out of chicken wire, covered in papier mâché and then coloured with different glitters for each part of the dog’s head. This sculpture is exhibited at Anyway Galerie in Bordeaux (France).Her idea was to mimic the traditional animal’s trophy shape and pour it into a fantasy glittery dog, like a cartoon character.

Length 23 cm
Width 20 cm
Height 21 cm

Photo: ©Eve Campestrini
Multicoloured maze

Elsa created this sculpture for the trade show Playtime in Paris. It is part of a collection of imaginary constructions. She built it out of cardboard in a spontaneous way to create tiny fantasy houses. The colours are worked with acrylique paint, and some are covered in oil pastel chalk.

Length 100 cm
Width 80 cm
Height 12 cm

Photo: ©Elsa Dray-Farges

Elsa made this mask out of hard cardboard, covered in papier mâché, and coloured with multiple glitters. She often makes masks, trying all sort of different shapes and colours. This traditional object, present in every culture around the world, has an infinity of shapes and meanings. Elsa loves to use this form to express the multiplicity of our beings, and create fantasy characters as a metaphor for our condition and emotions.

Length 42 cm
Width 33 cm
Height 8 cm

Photo: ©Eve Campestrini

This is one of the first masks that Elsa made, inspired by the skull ones that are made in every culture around the world. She made the shape out of cardboard, covered it in papier mâché, and coloured it with tin foil and acrylic paint. This mask is one of the many Elsa has made trying to create a tension between death and joy.

Length 25 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 8 cm

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