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Madeleine Boulesteix

Date: April 29, 2015 Category:

Madeleine started making chandeliers after finding about 40 faceted glass drops in a pile of rubbish. Initially she resisted the temptation to make a chandelier because that would be too obvious, however, she later succumbed and has been making them ever since.

When she started to gather other things to make a structure with, she discovered that everything she needed was right there just waiting to be assembled; glass teacups, trifle moulds, tea strainers etc all for the taking. She’d never used a pastry cutter for pastry or a toast rack for toast but they seemed to have more potential, so she liberated them from their domestic duties by incorporating them in her chandeliers.

Madeleine prefers to work with things she’s found and let their qualities dictate what happens. Each piece is unique and begins with a really simple set of ideas, a shape, a colour combination and the objects she wants to use.

The Jelly bowl lanterns are a recent development to complement the Teacup chandeliers. She wanted to make a pendant light that would house a low energy bulb.

Madeleine has exhibited in Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and Japan as well as the UK.

The British Council have a large piece in their collection, which toured in Australia, India and Egypt and is now installed in their residences in Cairo.

To see more of Madeleine’s art click here