Parchment has been a key material for the record of human history, allowing the transmission of maps, texts, knowledge that constitutes us, and that still exists today. But with the rise of paper, the use of parchment as a writting support decreased, and today there are only 10 parchment makers in the world. This project aims to stimulate the craft of parchment by exploring new shapes and tensions of the material and by highlighting its origin, the animal. The process of the object allows the skin to express itself by bending naturally when drying, while the light projects the being behind the surface and the inner poetry of a temporary life fixed forever. Scars, diseases, patterns can be meaningful in tracing the story of the animal and constitues in itself a page to be read.
Photo Credits Stéphane Ruchaud.