Since 2015, the association Matières Libres has been organizing a competition rewarding young graduates or self-taught in applied arts or crafts. The winners of the 2021 edition have just been revealed.
Launched in December 2015 by the creator Mathias, the Association Matières Libres aims to help young people leaving schools of art, applied arts or self-taught, in this difficult transition to entry into professional life. . Each year, a competition is open to all under 30 from applied arts schools (Boulle, Duperré, Estienne, Olivier de Serres, etc.) or self-taught. He rewards young people for their originality, their know-how and their creative freedom.
The 2021 winners
For this 4th edition, two winners were awarded the 2021 Mathias Prize and received a financial endowment of 5,000 euros.
– Eve George , co-fondatrice de l’Atelier George pour sa création intitulée Vagues
It is a composition of 63 fused colored glass tiles. Each element is shaped manually and therefore different from the next. Eve George developed this technique during her training at CERFAV. This creation required 40 hours of work.
– Nina Fradet, cabinetmaker, for her work Awaseru
Fascinated by the Japanese art of weaving bamboo ( takezaiku ), the designer sought to transpose this technique onto solid wood for the design of a stylized seat. This project required 200 hours of work.
The winners were rewarded on November 15 at the Hôtel de l’Industrie in Paris. Beyond the award ceremony, Matières Libres ensures some monitoring of the winners, whether through their promotion during exhibitions at trade fairs, communication on social networks… or advice on their first orders.