I am an artisanal textile designer based in Mulhouse, France. I launched my eponymous brand in 2013.
Through my approach to textile design, I seek to rehabilitate ancient production techniques, through the use of natural dyes and hand printing, while drawing on influences from the contemporary world.
In my workshop, I cook up ancestral recipes, and I play with contingency. It is a laboratory where fabrics are submerged in colors, passing from vat to vat.
I specialize in the ennoblement of textiles. My work-process is divided into 3 essential phases: drawing, dying and printing.
I work with raw materials (silk, wool, flax and cotton) and I ennoble them, getting to the heart of the fabric with the plant dyes that I employ and by working the surface of the material through silk-screening techniques.
I love the simplicity of a pattern printed on a handsome piece of dyed fabric, relishing even in minor ‘imperfections’ that are a witness to the accidental trace of the hand. The tools of my workshop are the medium and the message.
With these recipes, I create high-end scarves, fabrics and textile objects artisanally produced in France.
I also offer personalized productions, on commission, to a professional public (decorators, interior designers, artisans, museums). Each commission is attended to and studied with great care. I recently created, for instance, a limited edition of scarves for the Mulhouse Textile Museum (Musée de l’impression sur étoffe) based on research in their archives, and following the theme set by the museum.
I employ natural colors using plant dyes whose efficacy is scientifically and historically proven. My shelves are stocked with madder, cochineal and rhubarb …
Most plant dyes are used as mordants, the colors and usages are various
Indigo is the only natural blue dye. It can be extracted from various plants: woad, polygonum, indigo plants.
I am in expert in indigo dying. Indigo plants cannot be dissolved in water alone, I must be dissolved using alkalis before it can be used
Silk-screening, from the latin « sericum » for silk and the greek graphein « writing » is a technique for producing serial prints on various types of materials (paper, textiles, wood, glass …).
I use aqueous inks that are consistent with the norms established by Oeko Text 100 Class 1.
I also use plant-based silkscreening techniques, using inks artisanally produced in my workshop and inspired by Javanese techniques.
My patterns are inspired by the innocent but meticulous beauty of nature. My works are steeped in textile history and infused with my own creativity. Their hand-made quality makes them unique.
I work on the contrasts between universality, small-scale production, brightness, serenity, draughtsmanship and colors.
The patterns that I create for my textiles are always hand-drawn, and I try and avoid digital design technologies as much as possible.
Shibori is a Japanese technique, which means to twist and fold. It is a meticulous process in which contingency is nevertheless integral to the result. The fabric is folded before dying in order to create pattern by unfolding the textile. Once the fabric is prepared, it is submerged in a barrel of indigo.
Each technique is thus unique in its nuances.
Juliette Verge is from Nîmes, the city that gave birth to denim. At an early age, she was fascinated by the world of textiles. After having been trained in [stylisme??] she turned to motifs and textiles. She received an undergraduate degree from the École Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in textile design, where she specialized in motifs and printing. This city, with a rich history of textile production, left her with a deep fascination for the history of silk production. She completed her training in Mulhouse, another city with a rich past in the production of textiles, and she has remained there ever since.
This creative journey through these cities with a rich textile heritage leaves its mark in her productions. At stake in her work is the revival, through contemporary techniques and practices, of the traditional know-how of these regions.
Today she is an artisan and textile designer, with her eponymous brand created and conceived in his workshop in Mulhouse in 2013.
Her products are eco-friendly, as she is deeply concerned with sustainable production and the environment.
Made in France
I cherish ‘hand-made’ productions. Taking the time to produce, to create ties with an object – where the traces of the hand, accidents, small ‘imperfections’ bring a human dimension to the object.
I am committed to the values of made in France in the development of my collections. The materials are carefully chosen, and I try and work with the producers that are located in the closest geographical proximity and who are ecologically minded.
My workshop is located in Mulhouse in the locales of the storied DMC textile factory, at the border of France, Switzerland and Germany.