Aiguille en fête- Feedback on Paris fair


March 7-10, 2019

Rié Mukai is a Japanese embroiderer, living in Paris. After her CAP in Art Embroidery (Ecole des Beaux-Arts du fil, Sartrouville), she studied French to be able to set up her business. She tells us about her experience at the Salon de l’Aiguille en Fête in Paris last month.

“The Japanese Cultural Center in Paris organized a Japanese Area at the Salon Aiguille en fête for eleven Japanese designers, representing various textile specialties. I was invited as an embroiderer.
Each designer had to demonstrate their art. It was a new experience for me, and I was a little hesitant at first. Then from day one, in front of the visitors’ interest in my technique, it became much easier. They asked questions about my material, such as the Luneville hook, the fabrics used or my way of stitching. I will always remember the shining eyes of people who admired my work: “Really beautiful! “,” Congratulations! “. I was very moved.

I had chosen a demo piece that combined Luneville stitches, ribbon work, long and short stitches, and a few basic stitches (sand stitch, chainstitch …).

I also met a lot of people who wanted to take introductory embroidery lessons. Attending this Show was really a great experience and allowed me to make new contacts in the creative field and expand my network of clients.

My seven works on display were all bought, and I even received one order. I was also particularly touched to have been invited by several organizers of Creative Trade Shows in France or by workshops in Paris.

As I had to be at my stand all day, I had little opportunity to see the other stands, but I really liked Léa Stansal’s. She has a very unique use of materials. I also met another Japanese artist, Rika Ogasawara. She has worked between Japan and France for over 20 years. She is an artist who perfectly knows how to express her image in a unique world of plants and birds.
I really had a lot of fun participating in this very rich and diverse fair.”

The content of this site is free and is not damaged by un-welcomed publicity. I do this work with love and passion but it requires a lot of time. I would like to continue to offer a wider market to our artists, to show how embroidery is a wonderful art. But I do need a little bit of help. If you feel like it, you can participate with a little donation to help me continue. I will be so grateful! Thank you! Claire