FAYE TOOGOOD X MAISON MATISSE
When the Maison invited us to collaborate, I was particularly moved because my Assemblage Five was entirely inspired by Matisse's chapel in Vence. The Chapel of the Rosary, consecrated in 1951, is the full stop after a "whole life dedicated to the search for truth." There is the fervent colour you would expect from the artist - in the stained glass, and then there are stark white tiles depicting the Stations of the Cross - drawn by Matisse using charcoal attached to a bamboo pole.
Looking at the line in these drawings is an intimate experience, like reading a letter from Matisse, David Hockney describes Matisse's draughtsmanship as a quest to "make the line meaningful, to find a linear solution."
With drawing as the start point, I worked on creating a library of gesture, line and shape responding to motifs in Matisse's sketches, I kept coming back to a series of table still life drawings Matisse made in the 40's. Fruits, vegetables, household objects, all rendered in his eloquent, essential line. We ended up with more than one hundred sketches and initially just to catalogue them, we chose the best 24 and stuck them together in a concertina book. That format immediately suggested a rug, a blanket, cushions... and so those were there first pieces we developed.
THE RUG & BLANKET
The rug is made from natural wools, so it's only colours found in sheep. Perhaps it's the contrarian in me, as Matisse is so known for his colour, but I wanted to keep the whole collaboration in a palette of neutral shades. These can be purchased directly from Maison Matisse
THE CHAIR, TABLE & Side Table
It's all about the line and shape. The concertina library of motifs allowed us to look at furniture, we have created an upholstered armchair, stool and a coffee table - all developed from the shapes and gestures found in the sketching process, The finished pieces all have the energy and slight irregularity of a drawing. These can be purchased directly from Maison Matisse