JOYCE gallery is proud to showcase a unique pop-up with limited series pieces centered on the theme of crochet, by designers Ketty Sean, Lei 1984 x Laetitia Dalbies, Standard Form, We are Knitters, Minime Paris, Laurence Verdier x Non Sans Raison, Sophie Dalla Rosa, Phil Ferguson, Maria La Rosa and Bonheur Permanent x Elsamuse.
With big dewy-eyes, a cheeky little face and pop colours: Ketty Sean’s crochet cuddly toys, all sprinkled with a touch of hip-hop and irresistibly inspired as much by Disney cartoons as by the animated films of Japanese film studio Ghibli, take us on a one-way journey back to childhood. The young designer, who was one of the first riders of the “do it yourself” wave, has already sold her little stuffed creations across the Atlantic (Harvey Nichols), has taken part in exhibitions (Artoyz), initiated collaborations (Monoprix), and has even released her own cuddly toy instruction manual with Marie-Claire Idées & Philar! For Who’s Next, she has put together an awesome dinner for owls, with heaps of delicious things to nibble at!
Self-taught, Laetitia Dalbies, has learned how to master all the subtleties of crocheting. Single crochet, slip stitches and double crochet hold no secret for her.
She favors natural fibers and enjoys mixing colors to elaborate creations that are vibrant, unique and intricate in their smallest details.
With her threads, she creates a world of poetry and gentleness where facetious favored toys live alongside soft pastel ice cream cones, in a most perfect harmony. Fruits and veggies break into a lively dance.
Standard Form promotes a subtle sense of fusion – the idea of integrity, harmony, and coherence in a crafted product for the modern global human. Making iconic images and designs that have become an integral part of fashion and reworking them, using alternative craft techniques.
We Are Knitters
We Are Knitters is an international knitting and fashion Brand founded by two young entrepreneurs. Their idea to create We Are Knitters began when they saw a young girl knitting chunky wool on the metro in New York City; they realized how popular the DIY trend has become among young people in cities like NYC and Paris and they decided to get involved.
From the day it first began, We Are Knitters dedicated themselves to recreating the ancient craft of knitting and transforming it into something modern, stylish and cool. In just 4 short years, the brand has evolved into an international source for knitting kits and yarn, and an active, online community for knitters and DIY lovers.
From a young age, Marie Marquet, the founder of MiniMe Paris, has loved creating accessories and clothing. She is a big child fascinated by fairy tales, the imaginary and pop surrealism.
She attended the Ecole de la Chambre Syndical de la Couture Parisienne and has worked at several ‘Grandes Maisons’ including Hermes, Balmain and Chanel’s Arts Houses.
In 2014, she won a competition with a photography session of her workas the prize. At this time, she mande only hair accessories. Soon after Marie presented the concept of MiniMe to Permiere Classe trade show enchanting the managers and proposed a stand to her.MiniMe currently includes accessories but, also a pret-a-porter collection since March 2015.
In love with words, Laurence Verdier etches her creations in the heart of plastic narrations. With the intent of wrapping each story in chosen materials, she interlinks glass chards, sea shells and other charms out of a membrane. From the crocheted bicycle chain to the wool cocoon, from the sequence to the refuge, matter retrieves its organic aspect and blends into the flesh of our emotions.
Graduated from AFEDAP conducted by Brune Boyer in 2009, she sets up with her two partners, Galatée Pestre and Aude Medori, GLA group. In their approach, jewelry is an artistic medium because it is more than an ordinary ornament. Jewelry questions body language in its last ditch and unconscious.
Sophie Dalla Rosa
Graduated from the College of decorative Arts, Sophie uses all imaginable knitting possibilities in order to create statuesque objects with strange and enigmatic shapes.
Diverting all the paradigms of the knitting, she transposes, mixes and models unique piece or limited edition decoration accessories objects.
The textile techniques of the crochet work is revisited and considered under a more sculptural approach. Inspired by nature, this piece stands as a crossroads of several worlds, a contemporary chimera.
Humour is second nature to Phil Ferguson. A young man who looks pretty nondescript, he loves life, venturing from the beaten track and meeting new people on his way…and what has he discovered is the best way to make friends in the new places he winds up? Parading around in food-themed hats that he crochets himself! The result? A whole gallery of self-portraits that has only grown in size since. And it’s doing the job: right now, the Australian already has 138K followers on Instagram. Are you ready to dive headfirst into this crazy, inedible world? A slice of pizza, fried-egg, hot-dog, donut, spaghetti bolognaise, apple or banana; whatever you can eat, his needles can sew!
Maria La Rosa and Bohneur Permanent
In recognition of the quality and innovation of her work, Maria La Rosa is sold through selected fashionable boutiques. Her accessories are developed from a multi-disciplinary approach to weaving, macramé, knitting, crochet and embroidery.
All textiles made by Maria La Rosa are the result of a strictly manual process performed on antique looms that are completely void of mechanically moving parts. Each step from laying out the warp-yarn and passing it through the reeds and heedles, to binding and wrapping it into the warp beam, to the actual weaving is done exclusively by hand. Her predilection is for carefully selected natural fibres such as cotton, rafia, linen, silk, chenille, cashmere and alpaca. She creates unique handcrafted bags, shawls, hats, socks, selected clothing and jewelry.
The production is entirely made in Italy, the quantity is limited and each component is worked by hand.
Maria La Rosa has collaborated with the creative label Bohneur Permanent founded in 2015 by Marion Galtier. Marion previously worked for 5 years as communication & events manager at Paulette Magazine and for luxury brands as Ruinart, Bvlgari, Tsumori Chisato, through events agencies.
Bonheur Permanent as a way of life, is all above an artistic label which imagines inspired projects through events, fashion, exhibition and various collaborations