We had the pleasure of meeting Margaux Saint Frison, creator behind the brand Saint Frison Textiles. She shared with us the meaning of her work and we marveled at the beauty of the fabrics she brought to life. Margaux’s interview is very honest, full of passion and love for her art and we could not wait to share it with you. So, without further ado, here is Margaux Saint Frison!
I am Margaux Saint Frison, founder and manager of Saint Frison Textiles, my creation studio of handmade upholstery fabrics. I have a Diploma for the “Métiers d’Art”, specialized in weaving at the School of “Art Appliqués Duperré”. I then went on with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design in the same school. Following this training, during which I acquired a solid foundation in artisanal weaving, I held a position for several years as a production manager in a textile design workshop in Paris, producing fabrics and custom-made carpets. This experience confirmed my love for the textile creation sector and allowed me to approach the world of interior design for which I already had a great interest.
What was the trigger of your passion?
Originally, I was wanting to go towards a space design training that could lead to a job as an interior designer. Before choosing my training, I went to School of “Art Appliqués Duperré” and met with textile and weaving students. I literally fell in love with this craft: weave, tools, all these thread cones of different textures and colors … from the thread to creating a fabric from scratch is something extraordinary, fascinating and at the same time very concrete.
Why did you choose to share it with others and get started in this adventure?
Like many other crafts, traditional weaving faces competition from industrial companies and tends to disappear even if there has been a renewed interest in the hand-made for some time now. Sharing my know-how and my passion, which have been transmitted to me, seems essential to me. Weaving is an ancient technique, and at my small scale I contribute in preserving this precious heritage.
How long does the process of developing your collection take?
It’s very variable from one textile to another. Sometimes I will use a very basic weave as a “toile “ or a “serge”, to highlight a thread that has a particular effect: a curly yarn, mottled, sparkling that is self-sufficient.
In other cases I use much simpler threads, like linen, for which I use a more complex armor that will allow me to bring movement, depth or filter the light in a particular way. Once the use of the fabric is determined (is it light and transparent, heavy or opaque, for curtains or for seating purposes ..?), and that I have a design in mind, I choose the threads to get the desired effect, then I define the density that I’m going to give to my weaving. When necessary I do a technical sketch and do all the preparatory work for the weaving, including the installation of the threads on the loom which takes already several hours. After that I can finally produce the fabric samples. The latter step requires at least a day’s work, and the research needed to develop a new reference may take several days. Weaving is a technique that requires a lot of patience and concentration, because all the steps are tedious!
Do you have a favourite creations?
It’s hard to choose a model, since each one has its own identity and I try to have creations that are very different from each other. But to still give you an answer, I would say the “Espuma” fabric. It’s a linen fabric that I associated with a very nice curly cotton thread with a matte look that contrasts with the shine of the linen and offers a foamy and dense texture.
How do you develop your prices?
Prices are based on the cost of the raw material I get from excellent European spinners. The weaving time also comes into play, being very variable from one creation to another: from one to three days to weave a linear meter of fabric. Finally, I consider the transportation costs and the time necessary to the development of the model.
Who are your clients ?
I work for professionals from the interior design sector: interior designers, decorators and upholsterers who are looking for unique fabrics.
What philosophy do you want to convey to your collection?
My work is part of the slow-made movement. Behind every fabric I wish that one perceives the work of the hand, the irregular gesture of the craftsman who created it. The aesthetics of my collections refers to Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese concept that values the imperfect beauty of crafts. The craft objects can not be reproduced twice exactly in the same way: will always be variations, “errors” sometimes barely visible due to the uneven hand of the man, and who give to these objects a soul. Beyond the aesthetics that I find more attractive because less calibrated, it is really the manufacturing process that contributes to the beauty of a hand-made object, and that’s what I hope to convey through my collections of tissue.
How do you see the evolution of your project and your brand in the time?
I eat a lot of trips, during which I am interested in traditions and know how local textiles. I would like to value the weaving techniques discovered in small workshops from other countries by collaborating on new collections, why not by proposing limited editions each season. Today, I produce and distribute fabrics by the meter which are then processed by the customer. I wish in the medium term to propose finished products, to think a line of accessories of decoration: cushions, bedspreads, plaids.
Many thanks to Margaux for the interview !
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Written by Sarah