Elisabeth Ferriol’s Passion for Fabric

Passionate about fabric, and an ex Arles beauty queen from the 1970s, Elizabeth Ferriol practices “pinceautage,” a technique of painting on fabric dating from the seventeenth century.
By Justine Fiordelli

With a degree from a College of Fine Arts, Elisabeth Ferriol had devoted herself from a young age to her love for fabric and Provencal crafts. A passion she inherited from her mother, with whom she went regularly to print fabric in the famous house of Souleïado. She explains affectionately, “fabric has always been present." Elected Queen of Arles in 1974, Elisabeth Ferriol has a career that many women only dream of. Former curator of the Souleïado museum in Tarascon, she now organizes practical “pinceautage” workshops in her home, paying tribute to the work done by the craftspeople of the seventeenth century.

Pinceautage disappeared in the nineteenth century due to increasing mechanization, but previously was practiced in the chintz workshops where "richly colored and patterned fabrics were produced through block printing." Developed to "hide the defects of color of a printed fabric" or to correct or add detail to a pattern, pinceautage is a long process that requires "a lot of patience" and a "pronounced taste for painting,” as Elisabeth Ferriol explains. So, would you like to learn how?

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"Pinceautage"
A technique of painting on fabric dating from the seventeenth century.
DR, François-Xavier Emery

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