In My Arms
Collaboration between Cathy Coez, visual artist and Eric Beauduin, accessories designer.
In the frame of Design September 2016 on Art&Crafts route
Long-time friends Eric Beauduin (an accessories designer) and Cathy Coëz (a visual artist), have produced unique artworks by sharing their expertise and own taste in materials.
At « In my arms », an exhibition involving the alliance of the intimate and the obscene, they propose a singular vision of the world.
Leather, an attractive and novel material in Cathy Coëz’s work is seen by the artist as animal skin before becoming a fantasized material associated with her war related objects.
Eric Beauduin and Cathy Coëz share a similar open mind towards materials when producing objects and applying their know-how to it.
On this occasion, tree artworks were displayed : ‘Big Boss’ ,'Just in Case#2' and ‘Just In Case#1'
LAETITIA BICA - "LB Tied Up EB"
Born in Liège in 1981, Laetitia Bica studied photography at the "Institut des Beaux Arts Saint Luc" in Liège before making her way professionally to art, fashion, design, and press photography.
Eric met Laetitia in Hyères France during the Photography and Fashion Festival (www.villanoailles-hyeres.com) in April 2015.
Head over heels for each other's creativity, humor and funky personalities, they eagerly projected to create something together.
The result, seven pictures, were presented at Eric's showroom in April 2016 celebrating the store's third anniversary of being open to the public and the launching of Eric's new web store.
NATHALIE DEWEZ - "Lights on Walls"
Following her graduation in 2001 from the Interior Architecture department of the Ecole Nationale des Arts Visuels de la Cambre—Brussels, Nathalie Dewez established her Brussels studio in 2001 specializing in lights
.After several visits by Nathalie to Eric’s store for exhibitions and custom orders, Eric became keenly interested in her work and proposed a joint collaboration of lights and leather.
The collaboration resulted in a series of wall lamps mixing steel structures and perforated leather. These lamps were presented at Eric’s showroom at the end of 2015.
ESPECES - "Gnou"
This second collaboration with jewel designer Marie Artamonoff and artist Sébastien Lacomblez revolves around the theme of animality. Showcasing a taxidermy gnu, Beauduin, Artamonoff, and Lacomblez present their collaboration in the form of a leather and sterling silver jewelled mask for the animal.
This exclusive installation was presented for the Mode Parcours 2015 in STIJL, the high-fashion store located downtown Brussels (www.stijl.be 74 Antoine Dansaert street 1000 Brussels).
ANNE FRANCOISE MOYSON "Unique bag for unique people"
The journalist Anne Françoise Moyson has followed Eric Beauduin's work from the beginning. As a loyal supporter and expressive journalist, it seemed only natural for
Eric to propose a joint collaboration. Thinking back on her memories and needs around bags, she wrote a text – Un SAC - describing these thoughts and remembrances. Her text inspired Eric to create this ideal bag for her.
The first model made from this text was a large compartmented handbag designed to carry Anne Françoise's rather old-style laptop. Eric developed a smaller model on the same principle, and created a laptop case to accompany this bag.
PAM&JENNY - "Imagery"
The Pam&Jenny graphic design agency in Brussels has helped Eric Beauduin develop the image of his brand since 2007.
In June 2015, Eric participated in the exclusive Bozar exhibition entitled: "The Belgians, an unexpected fashion story". His installation at this exhibition was based on a photograph imagined between himself and Pam&Jenny.
During this time, Eric took the opportunity to present a retrospective exhibition of photographs made in collaboration with Pam&Jenny at his showroom.
OLIVIA HAINAUT - "Perfect OH"
The accessory and embroidery designer Olivia Hainaut graduated from the Fashion department of la Cambre – Brussels one year earlier than Eric Beauduin.
Though their styles have always differed, both designers still keep to their roots in accessory design – Olivia’s feminine spirit, and Eric’s masculine tailoring aesthetic.
To highlight these two different styles, they decided to create a bag together and exhibit it at Eric’s showroom. Through their collaboration, they created a perfectly blended bag designed from the famous “Perfecto” leather biker jacket. The details and design elements of their perfecto mastered Olivia’s femininity while honoring Eric’s tailored look.
ISABELLE BAINES - "Tricotage"
The knitwear designer Isabelle Baines opened her first boutique in Brussels in 1986. Eric and Isabelle both share a history of being long-term established designers in Brussels, and have had many opportunities to cross paths.
In 2014, Isabelle asked Eric to participate in a pool of artists and designers to celebrate her fetish sweater model, the Valentin, which was presented on Valentine's day of that same year.
The two bag models created for the exhibition, which mixed knitted wool and vintage leathers, were further developed and presented at Eric's showroom months later.
ESPECES - "Bones on Skin"
Espèces is a jewelery brand, and the fruit of a constant dialogue between Marie Artamonoff, jewelery designer, and Sébastien Lacomblez, artist.
The magnificent results are a variety of molds of animal skulls and stones in an ode to nature in art and fashion.
Eric Beauduin met the artists at professional showrooms in Paris and Brussels. The collaboration came together naturally and an exhibition at Eric's showroom was organized.
For the exhibition, Eric interpreted Espèces's stunning logo as well as a large cat
ISABELLE LENFANT - "You have Three days"
Graduated from the Fashion department at la Cambre-Brussels in 1995, one year after Eric Beauduin, Isabelle Lenfant developed her reputation in jewelery design by the highly symbolic, memory evocations and protective spirit she gives to her accessories.
The sense of protection evoked in Isabelle’s jewelry and their school time tenderness for each other is illustrated in their collaboration.
Using Isabelle’s well-known theme, the band-aid, Eric designed a soft woman’s handbag made from lambskin leather recalling both a sense of softness and security in this joint work.