Christine Pradel-Lien’s Statement
Through my work, I aspire to make you dream, escape, and be amused…to spark a feeling of warmth at the sight of the colors and threads I use…to transmit the beauty of an ancient tradition… The physical act of weaving colorful fibers, of passing the bobbin, and of moving my feet across the treadles are what attracts me to weaving. It is a long but satisfying process. The finished tapestry is warm, colorful and soft. At the beginning of a new tapestry, I compose a sketch called a carton. The sketches are often inspired by photographs I have taken on my walks in the city or in public gardens. I use the sketch as a framework upon which I improvise while weaving. Ultimately, the final image is always a surprise. One of my favorite subjects today is spiders and their webs.
I weave on a horizontal loom and produce tapestries that range in size from as large as 180 x 275 centimeters to as small as 14 x 14 centimeters. I aim for delicacy and refinement in my work and use a specific technique of fine weaving. In addition to traditional wool and cotton threads, I also use silver, gold, and copper threads to illuminate an image, much like ancient illuminated manuscripts.
Christine Pradel-Lien’s Biography
The School of Beaux Arts in Angers, France, my hometown, is where I learned to weave. One reason I chose weaving is that it has been a part of the artistic tradition in Angers since the 14th century. A particular influence on me was the “Apocalypse de Saint Jean” tapestry, which is on permanent exhibition in the castle of Angers.
I have been commissioned to create tapestries for public places as well as for private residences in France and the United States. I have shown my work in galleries in France, England and in America in such states as New Mexico, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Nebraska.