Wendy Andreu

Rising Talent - January 2020

Hall 6

Nominated by the president of the Fondation Lafayette Anticipations, Guillaume Houzé.
A graduate of both the Ecole Boulle in Paris and the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Wendy Andreu places a particular focus on materials. In 2017, she won the Dorothy Wasman Textile Design Award during New York’s Textile Month for her innovative fabric Regen. Her clients include fashion designer Rick Owens and the London design studio Toogood. She is also represented by the prestigious Milan-based design gallery, Nilufar.

How important is craftsmanship in your work?

I studied metalwork at the Ecole Boulle and then did a Bachelor in Design in Eindhoven. The way I approach my projects is very physical. I like to test things and see how materials react together. It’s not necessarily something that’s very in fashion at the moment. Everyone is crazy about technology, where everything is virtual and happens via intangible things like apps. At the end of the day, what I do is for human beings with senses, who want to see something, feel something, touch something. For me, the process is almost more important than the end result.

How did Regen come about?

It was my degree project in Eindhoven. It began in 2014, but I’ve continued developing it since then. We had to work on materials and I decided to move out of my comfort zone and chose textiles. I don’t like sewing or knitting machines. So, I chose to develop my own technique to create objects made from fabric, using my know-how in metal. I develop the forms on a computer and then laser-cut them in metal to obtain molds around which I first wind rope and then coat it in silicone or latex. Once it’s dry, I remove the mold and have a waterproof textile that looks almost like it’s been printed in 3D. There are no stitches. So, it’s quite different from the traditional way of producing a garment.

What particularly interests you at the moment?

I’m quite fascinated by molds in general. At the end of the day, that’s what Regen is about. I like them because they allow you not to waste any material, which is not the case when you sculpt something or work with wood, for example. For me, it’s important to think up techniques where nothing needs to be discarded.

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