Sylvie Franquet (Born in 1961, Wervik, Belgium. Lives and works in London, UK)
Sylvie Franquet read Arabic and Islamic Studies in Ghent and Cairo, and travelled extensively in the Middle East, Iran and North Africa. The art, history and poetry from those places are major influences in her work.
Franquet’s amuletic accessories have been featured in many magazines, including British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. Her intricate tapestries were shown at the acclaimed 2014 exhibition, More Material, curated by Duro Olowu at Salon 94 in New York. She participated in the 2015 exhibition Féminin Pluriel at Fondation Dar Bellarj in Marrakech.
reMembering, Franquet’s first solo exhibition, was presented at the October Gallery in 2016. Her graffiti-like reworked needlepoints exploring a feminist gaze, were accompanied by life-size textile poupées, assemblages evoking bird spirits and The Wayward Sisters, an installation of 99 Egyptian rag dolls embroidered with aphorisms for survival. In 2019, her major solo exhibition reCollecting, at The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, evoked the strong bond of her female-ness with nature through needlework, plant embroideries and Rock Women sculptures.