Elodie Blanchard is an artist working at the intersection of fiber art, performance, and design.
Known for her textile designs, large-scale fiber sculptures and installations, and costume-driven performances, Blanchard uses humor and joy in complicated and perhaps deceptive ways, inviting the viewer to participate in a serious kind of play.
Through material exploration, repurposing, and a near meditative process of repetition, she transforms the discarded and the commonplace into fantastical objects and playful environments that give us permission to explore our ambiguous relationship to nature, to others, and to ourselves.
Born in Grenoble, France in 1976, Blanchard studied sculpture at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, fashion at l’Ecole des Arts Appliqués Duperré, where she explored the material intelligence of textiles, and performance at CalArts, where she collaborated with musicians and dancers. She established her design studio in 2005, and over the course of her career, collaborated with numerous architects, designers, and brands, developing textile collections and working on large scale works for public spaces, institutions, residences, offices, and hotels, in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston and abroad. She was most recently “interiors + sources” designer of the year and Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.