Prix ​​des Artisanes 2022: meeting with the winner Fanny Boucher

Published on November 24, 2022 at 9:11 p.m.


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Fanny Boucher wins the Artisanes 2022 prize orchestrated with the support of the LVMH group. In the heritage preservation professions category, this master of art in rotogravure has distinguished herself by her know-how. Meet.

Passionate and daring. Armed with these two qualities, Fanny Boucher has brought to light rotogravure, a printmaking technique dating back to the 19th century that mixes photography and engraving. Its distinctive sign? Unparalleled depths of black and endless shades of grey. Looking back: in 2000, following her meeting with Jean-Daniel Lemoine, an engineer who practiced rotogravure as an enlightened amateur and passed on his knowledge to him, the young graduate in engraving at the Estienne school (Ecole Supérieure des Arts and Graphic Industries) decides to open his studio. She is 24 years old and has only one desire: to revive this technique which disappeared at the beginning of the 20th century. With her pilgrim’s staff, she knocks on the door of photographers, designers, painters, galleries, museums… “It was imperative to rediscover rotogravure and have it listed again on the list of crafts”, explains Fanny Boucher , who was named Master of Art in 2015, the equivalent of the “Living National Treasure” in Japan. A long-term effort that has paid off. In his workshop in Meudon, many great artists – the visual artist Annette Messager, the sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel, the street art artist JR, among others – come to solicit his exceptional know-how.

Fascinated herself by these copper plates, helio-engraved matrices that combine material, light and texture, the craftswoman is now working to deploy her art in the world of design and decoration. “We can imagine screens made of helio-engraved copper plates”, specifies the one who has already worked for the decorator Roxane Rodriguez. Playing with the limits, she also dabbled in rotogravure on new materials: leather, fabric, straw, parchment. “Everything is to be invented! “, she summarizes. Photogravure has a bright future ahead of it…

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