BIBI ON MICHÈLE
My earliest memories were of watching my mother work. They include the sound of the chisel chipping. The scratching of charcoal and the heat of the foundry. There wasn’t an idea or project that she didn’t involve me in.
When I could walk I would fetch a hammer, later I would help polish marble or wash the alabaster forms that she was creating.
When I was 8, I wrote in my school note book that I wanted to become an artist one day.
I was brought up by Michele with the trust and belief that anything is possible.
Starting with clay then soft stone I began to explore shapes for myself.
My involvement in the studio evolved as I did.
When I began at the Art Academy I was in full-flow with my own ideas and also enjoyed experimenting in non 3 dimensional media. In the evenings I developed my craft knowledge to facilitate my love for Jewellery design.
My mother and I founded Studio White Space and worked there together apart. Each busy building her own body of work.
A sounding-board starts as a confirmation of ones thoughts and getting back a little kick to continue — that is how my working relationship with Michèle began.
My role graduated from sounding board into that of “second opinion” and now, proudly, it is an equal partnership based on unconditional trust and mutual respect.
We challenge each other in a way that we are able to extend our boundaries in a creative and conceptual way.
The time we spent together creating “Confronting Time” became a platform where any of the distractions that come with the “mother daughter” relationship just flood away to create a level playing field for our work.