After years of mutual admiration, textile artist Pierre Fouché met fellow artist Pierre Le Riche through a mutual friend – and when the Trenery Guild project came along, it was the perfect opportunity for them to work together and complement each other’s work.
Fouché started exploring lace-making in 2009, but it has grown to define his artistic practice to the extent that his work has been curated into international museum exhibitions.
He is working on a large-scale installation for the Spier Foundation and, in mid-2018, will teach a masterclass in the UK on bobbin lace-making.
Le Riche is an emerging artist whose work is increasingly visible on the local scene, with recent exhibitions at Salon91 in Cape Town and at various art fairs, and next year at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch.
Fouché achieved his master’s in fine art at the University of Stellenbosch in 2006, while Le Riche recently completed his master’s in fine art at Michaelis School of Art.
Together they have created a beautiful installation inspired by Trenery’s limited-edition capsule collection called Trenery/Edit.
The work, which talks to Trenery’s commitment to superior yarns and natural fibres, is a series of weaves spun with merino and cotton in the Trenery/Edit collection’s sophisticated colour palette of navy, grey and pink.