The meeting with a felted designer during a symposium on color shows Krystel Chavigny the felt, a material that will fascinate her. It also allows her to give herself a new creative, positive and coherent project.
She settled in rural area where the raw material is produced. She trained with Christina Zofall and created her business in Montbrun Bocage, Haute Garonne, in 2003.
The felt will also allow her to give free rein to her creativity. Krystel, a fashion stylist, began by creating knit and felt garments to make her clients aware of this material, which is still little used in fashion. Then imperceptibly, with wool carded and combed of different qualities and origins she moved towards other application fields such as decorative elements, sculptures or installations. The wool guides and directs her project which always begins with the realization of a sample thus composing a more or less thick, flexible or compact matter working like clay. The result is different and amazing each time.
Krystel Chavigny is one of the founding members of the Feutre Art Textile association, was part of the working group initiator of the European Days of Felt in Felletin in the Creuse, is co-organizer of the Days of Wool in Montbrun Bocage. In addition, she opened a training studio in which are invited each year internationally recognized teachers.
"The continuation of my career in the textile industry as a fashion designer is now focused on the wool material, more precisely its transformation and the transition from wool to felt. This technique sets in motion different processes of implementation: the placement of the wool which can be carded or combed, moment of maximum attention for the homogeneity of the material, then the humidity is added to impregnate the fiber, the soap in moderation helping the opening of the fibers".
Moment of fragility, and beginning of the fabrication of the material which consists after multiple massages, kneading, to feel the material becoming dense at hand and to give it the form previously drawn, measured, defining the outlines of the project. I like this dialogue, this sharing with the material. It is what directs me by its quality in one direction rather than another".