Background

Claire

was born in 1956. At the age of 18, she began painting on silk whilst studying economics in Grenoble. As a self-taught artist, she opened a workhop cum boutique in the old quarter of Saint Laurent and thereby gained reknown in Grenoble. A few years later, the call of travel led her to another mountain of France, the Pyrenees where, with the help of Pierre-David, she resumed and diversified her creations :

Free-standing lamps made of shale, turned-wood supports, paintings while continuing to create design silk scarves. Her source of inspiration constantly stemmed from paintings, nature and colour. Her theoretical and hands-on classes of painting on silk, led to wonderful encounters which had considerable influence on her life-path and was found in Impressionism, Chinese painting and the theory of colour.

Pierre-David

Was born in 1958, to a family of craftsmen, loom makers, carpenters and expert weavers. He started working in breeding and became a professional sheep-shearer. As of 1990, his experience in woodwork and cabinet-making led him to wood-turning. Lines, curves, drawing, finition and a mix of materials were ever-present aspects of his work. From the very first pieces, he created subtle combinations by progressively introducing metal into the wood. For ten years, in the Pyrenees, on the boundary of the Aude, he and Claire worked together. Their bowls, lamps, frames were exposed in their associative boutique in the Medieval city of Mirepoix.

 

In 2000

Pierre-David went further in his metal-work, flame techniques and began working with silver. He trained with Christian Pitorre, a Toulouse jeweller and thereby discovered a taste for jewellery. Whilst maintaining and developing his own delicate and sober line, he found the ideal technique by which he could express his sensitivity.

It is also in 2000 that Claire discovered a third dimension to her painting thanks to wood-working : Sculpting and carving of precious wood supplement her work on silk. In time, the influence of nature kept growing in both their works and with it the need for them to set up their workshops in the heart of the mountains, in a wild, contrasted and bright environment : The Cévennes, a world of shale and forest, reshaped by the ancestral hand of man and unspoiled by pollution.

 

In 2003

They founded the Silène workhop, naming it after a butterfly and a flower, as a symbol of their distinct and complementary activities, their creative power.