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Corinne Bernizet Serrano

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Corinne Bernizet Serrano

I live in a town called Le Pont de Beauvoisin in the Northern Alps in a region of France called Northern Isere (Nord Isère). I was born in this region, in the mountains. In 1995, we bought the house that we currently live in after my husband took a post as an anaesthetist in the local hospital.

My home is an old mansion in the heart of our village and dates to 1850. We fell in love with the high ceilings and, spacious living spaces as well as the beautiful mature gardens that surround the house. It is a magical haven at the centre of a bustling town.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Once we bought the house we had to undertake 18 straight months of renovation work before we could move in and, as with any old house, it is a constant work in progress. There is always something to be fixed and upgraded. I am really lucky to have a lot of space in which to work and create in our house and I have a dedicated atelier space in the ancient orangerie in the garden, which has the most extraordinary natural light due to its 18-foot high glass panelled walls.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

I left my career after the birth of my eldest child (I have three daughters) and I took fifteen years ‘out’ to raise my daughters. When my youngest daughter Jeanne was about seven years old, I enrolled in the Chamber of Crafts as an artisan. When I look back, I had always been very manual and creative throughout my life and I slowly started to make again. At the start I was approached by a local boutique who wished to sell my earliest creations, and then when that boutique closed, I found myself focusing on my blog and selling my work in my own personal online shop.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

The act of making and creating with my hands and practicing daily creativity has always held a primordial place in my life. As far back as I can remember, I always loved “having my hands in the glue.” From a very young age, I recall creating my own toys to play with, tinkering away to create my own little universe. I believe that growing up in the countryside facilitated this creative path; I could always create something out of nature’s finds.

Another of my passions is to treasure hunt at the flea markets and village garage sales;
I will go hunting everywhere, and for everything.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Later in life, I threw myself into an exciting series of apprenticeships to learn and master many different heritage and specialist techniques. I completed intensive workshops to learn how to create lampshades, learned how to dye textiles using natural plant dyes in Okhra in Roussillon and how to create and apply lime plaster at “la Marchande de couleur” in Montelier. I also undertook a long apprenticeship to master the Grisaille painting technique at the mural art school of Versailles and an apprenticeship to learn the art of mold-making with Pascal Rozier in the Paris region.

The fragility of these incredible materials is also very interesting to me. To know the centuries they have traversed.

I have loved each and every apprenticeship and I can use and apply these skills in every element of my work today.

I passionately go out looking for treasures every single weekend. For decades now, I have been particularly interested in finding and collecting old paper and textiles, and I hold a special relationship with these two subjects, which in the end have a lot in common.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Fabric and paper are the key ingredients of my creative work, and often I feel that it is they that guide my hand when I sit down to make. Textile and paper highlight all of the senses; touch, sight, sound and of course smell. I succumb to the smell of an old book buried for centuries in a library or the delicious cracking sound of a beautiful 18th-century silk. Their very nature makes them so vulnerable—this touches me immensely and also provides a wonderful challenge for me to breathe new life into them.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

I do not think that I have a particular signature style but I am personally drawn to refined and delicate objects. I also very much like the Napoleon III style period with all its extravagance and rococo flair! In general, I think my creations are a real mix of many different styles and influences.

My work primarily combines paper and textiles. A good example is the corsets and shoes that I create entirely by hand, and working on these pieces calls into play many of my heritage skills. I create the base in a delicate paper mâche and then finish my work using precious ancient textiles and lace. I have recently started to use very beautiful old hand embroidery on linon or batiste. In transforming these textiles, it is my personal way of honouring the many little hands who have poured their hearts into this incredibly fine work all those centuries ago.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

My biggest success is undoubtedly my very popular crown created from an ancient hemp fabric. I have sold many of my handmade crowns to French clients but I do believe that my crown creations have found homes in every continent of the world! I am humbled, proud and astonished in equal measure at their international success.

Since their modest beginnings, my crowns have been created in many different versions. Sometimes I have used precious fabrics, embroidery or lace, but also 18th-century paper manuscripts, the spines of old leather books, 19th-century cashmere and many other materials. It is a shape that I really love to revisit.

Another thing that I love to collect is boxes. I love all kinds of boxes, and they are often a wonderful base onto which I can showcase my collection of beautiful old hand-painted gouache wallpapers. I make boxes myself but I also collect ancient wallpapered boxes and trunks. I like to think of my handmade boxes going out into the world and the cherished treasures they will contain in their new owners’ homes.

Most of my creations are one-of-a-kind pieces, as I work with ancient materials that are often only small remnants of fabric or paper, so by nature I cannot make more than one or two. It is never a hindrance to me; I actually welcome change, as I don’t really like repetition and making identical series of items. This type of work becomes too monotonous for me and there is no spontaneity—the excitement of creating something for the first time is gone and I love the challenge and novelty of creating from scratch.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

My one big regret in life is to have missed the opportunity to study Fine Art. When I originally broached the subject of studying art at the university level, my family discouraged me at the time, wishing for me to study something more ‘serious’ and ‘secure.’ I have tried to make up for this by making time every week to paint. I have attended a painting workshop every Thursday evening for the last seven years. I am truly happy with my paintbrushes and have relished finding my voice through this medium of expression.

“It is not the detail of a particular style that counts, but the sensitivity that comes into play beforehand.”

— John Pawson

Today life is lived at such a fast pace, handmade is not so important and it is more about making cheaply and quickly—it’s a terrible era of fast, throwaway fashion. My work is fastidious and slow-paced, and I enjoy taking my time. In a way it is a method which helps me to slow down, and is very meditative and therapeutic.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

I live in a town called Le Pont de Beauvoisin in the Northern Alps in a region of France called Northern Isere (Nord Isère). I was born in this region, in the mountains. In 1995, we bought the house that we currently live in after my husband took a post as an anaesthetist in the local hospital.

My home is an old mansion in the heart of our village and dates to 1850. We fell in love with the high ceilings and, spacious living spaces as well as the beautiful mature gardens that surround the house. It is a magical haven at the centre of a bustling town.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Once we bought the house we had to undertake 18 straight months of renovation work before we could move in and, as with any old house, it is a constant work in progress. There is always something to be fixed and upgraded. I am really lucky to have a lot of space in which to work and create in our house and I have a dedicated atelier space in the ancient orangerie in the garden, which has the most extraordinary natural light due to its 18-foot high glass panelled walls.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

I left my career after the birth of my eldest child (I have three daughters) and I took fifteen years ‘out’ to raise my daughters. When my youngest daughter Jeanne was about seven years old, I enrolled in the Chamber of Crafts as an artisan. When I look back, I had always been very manual and creative throughout my life and I slowly started to make again. At the start I was approached by a local boutique who wished to sell my earliest creations, and then when that boutique closed, I found myself focusing on my blog and selling my work in my own personal online shop.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

The act of making and creating with my hands and practicing daily creativity has always held a primordial place in my life. As far back as I can remember, I always loved “having my hands in the glue.” From a very young age, I recall creating my own toys to play with, tinkering away to create my own little universe. I believe that growing up in the countryside facilitated this creative path; I could always create something out of nature’s finds.

Another of my passions is to treasure hunt at the flea markets and village garage sales;
I will go hunting everywhere, and for everything.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Later in life, I threw myself into an exciting series of apprenticeships to learn and master many different heritage and specialist techniques. I completed intensive workshops to learn how to create lampshades, learned how to dye textiles using natural plant dyes in Okhra in Roussillon and how to create and apply lime plaster at “la Marchande de couleur” in Montelier. I also undertook a long apprenticeship to master the Grisaille painting technique at the mural art school of Versailles and an apprenticeship to learn the art of mold-making with Pascal Rozier in the Paris region.

The fragility of these incredible materials is also very interesting to me. To know the centuries they have traversed.

I have loved each and every apprenticeship and I can use and apply these skills in every element of my work today.

I passionately go out looking for treasures every single weekend. For decades now, I have been particularly interested in finding and collecting old paper and textiles, and I hold a special relationship with these two subjects, which in the end have a lot in common.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

Fabric and paper are the key ingredients of my creative work, and often I feel that it is they that guide my hand when I sit down to make. Textile and paper highlight all of the senses; touch, sight, sound and of course smell. I succumb to the smell of an old book buried for centuries in a library or the delicious cracking sound of a beautiful 18th-century silk. Their very nature makes them so vulnerable—this touches me immensely and also provides a wonderful challenge for me to breathe new life into them.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

I do not think that I have a particular signature style but I am personally drawn to refined and delicate objects. I also very much like the Napoleon III style period with all its extravagance and rococo flair! In general, I think my creations are a real mix of many different styles and influences.

My work primarily combines paper and textiles. A good example is the corsets and shoes that I create entirely by hand, and working on these pieces calls into play many of my heritage skills. I create the base in a delicate paper mâche and then finish my work using precious ancient textiles and lace. I have recently started to use very beautiful old hand embroidery on linon or batiste. In transforming these textiles, it is my personal way of honouring the many little hands who have poured their hearts into this incredibly fine work all those centuries ago.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

My biggest success is undoubtedly my very popular crown created from an ancient hemp fabric. I have sold many of my handmade crowns to French clients but I do believe that my crown creations have found homes in every continent of the world! I am humbled, proud and astonished in equal measure at their international success.

Since their modest beginnings, my crowns have been created in many different versions. Sometimes I have used precious fabrics, embroidery or lace, but also 18th-century paper manuscripts, the spines of old leather books, 19th-century cashmere and many other materials. It is a shape that I really love to revisit.

Another thing that I love to collect is boxes. I love all kinds of boxes, and they are often a wonderful base onto which I can showcase my collection of beautiful old hand-painted gouache wallpapers. I make boxes myself but I also collect ancient wallpapered boxes and trunks. I like to think of my handmade boxes going out into the world and the cherished treasures they will contain in their new owners’ homes.

Most of my creations are one-of-a-kind pieces, as I work with ancient materials that are often only small remnants of fabric or paper, so by nature I cannot make more than one or two. It is never a hindrance to me; I actually welcome change, as I don’t really like repetition and making identical series of items. This type of work becomes too monotonous for me and there is no spontaneity—the excitement of creating something for the first time is gone and I love the challenge and novelty of creating from scratch.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

My one big regret in life is to have missed the opportunity to study Fine Art. When I originally broached the subject of studying art at the university level, my family discouraged me at the time, wishing for me to study something more ‘serious’ and ‘secure.’ I have tried to make up for this by making time every week to paint. I have attended a painting workshop every Thursday evening for the last seven years. I am truly happy with my paintbrushes and have relished finding my voice through this medium of expression.

“It is not the detail of a particular style that counts, but the sensitivity that comes into play beforehand.”

— John Pawson

Today life is lived at such a fast pace, handmade is not so important and it is more about making cheaply and quickly—it’s a terrible era of fast, throwaway fashion. My work is fastidious and slow-paced, and I enjoy taking my time. In a way it is a method which helps me to slow down, and is very meditative and therapeutic.

Corinne Bernizet Serrano

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