Pierre-Alexis Dumas ’91, Chief Creative Officer of Hermes, returns to Brown to deliver a lecture on artist residencies in the Hermès manufacturing workshops.
The artist residencies organized by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès saw the light of day in 2010 in the Hermès manufacturing workshops. The purpose of this program is to offer young artists the means to create an original work using techniques and materials to which they rarely have access. Dumas’ talk focuses on the first four artists to join the residency program: Elisabeth S. Clark in the Maroquinerie de Sayat, Benoît Piéron in the Hermès textile center in Lyon, Olivier Sévère in the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, and Simon Boudvin in the Maroquinerie des Ardennes.
The dialogue between the artists and artisans gave rise to emulation which enabled everyone to explore new practices and to feed their imaginations. This encounter has been an enriching experience both professionally and from a human point of view, reinforcing all core values on which the Hermès Foundation is based.