‘Materials at Work’ (‘Matières à l’œuvre’) national exhibition, Mobilier National – Paris
As part of the 2021 series of European Artistic Craft Days, William Amor presents new and unique pieces for the ‘Materials at Work’ exhibition, created by transforming materials that have ended up as litter into objects of beauty. Plastic Bottle Iris Garden (Jardin d’iris Plastic Bottle), ‘Dinosaur Oil’ Grand Sakura (Grand Sakura ‘Dinosaur Oil’) and Cigarette Stub Mimosa (Mimosa Mégots) were created entirely through upcycling the detritus from our daily lives such as plastic bags and bottles, packaging, PVC and cigarette stubs… Dyed, embossed and sculpted, these materials become the bearers of a strong message. Through his lyrical creations, William Amor invites the viewer to let their imagination run free, and to change the way they look at things.
Presented by the National Institute of Artistic Crafts (Institut National des Métiers d’Art), in partnership with Mobilier National and with the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, a major national patron, ‘Materials at Work’ (‘Matières à l’oeuvre’), a national exhibition for European Artistic Craft Days, forms part of a programme of thousands of workshops and events throughout France, taking place in art studios and training schools, and at cultural landmarks and heritage sites.
The designs on show are the result of extraordinary skill, epitomising the living heritage our artistic professions help to preserve and build, while showcasing the materials used by our artists.
Passing down knowledge, research, creativity and environmental responsibility are the watchwords for this emotionally-charged exhibition, which offers the opportunity to discover or rediscover the outstanding dedication of our craftspeople, designers, Master Craftsmen and their apprentices, who for over a quarter of a century have been renowned for their unique contribution.