Simon Boulerice and Isabelle Dupras: inspiring encounter between an author and a quiltmaker

Simon Boulerice and Isabelle Dupras: inspiring encounter between an author and a quiltmaker

What inspires creation? How do artists and artisans work?

A whole baggage, it’s an invitation launched by Martin Leon in order to provoke improbable encounters between artists and artisans recognized in the art professions. We talk about what inspires them, the tools they use to create from their experiences, their experiences and everything they wear or carry with them.

It is also a moment of exchange conducive to confidence and discovery of each other’s baggage. The result is a real sharing punctuated by concerns, achievements, knowledge and artistic affinities.. A whole baggage is an accomplice moment that brings together disciplines that appear to be very different and yet so close!

The Podcast version can be listened to like a charm and the mini webseries version will appeal to the most curious.

Simon Boulerice and Isabelle Dupras: inspiring encounter between an author and a quiltmaker

First podcast stopover: Martin Léon launches the meeting between Simon Boulerice, well-known columnist and prolific author, and Isabelle Dupras, a quilting with breathtaking talent. A rapprochement that is at once sensitive, lively and generous.

Younger, Isabelle would never have believed that she would embark on the creation of colorful blankets made from different fabrics: “Before, I even found it a bit cheesy. It was the beginning of the 70s, we were looking for new, plastic, polyester… ”. The book National Quilt 2003, a catalog of quilts exhibitions, was the trigger for his passion.

For Simon, it was jealousy that ignited his flame! “When I was 12, I started writing stories without finishing them. I saw my sister write. She had a breath that made me want! ” For the kid, writing was an opportunity to express himself: “I was a lonely and not talkative child … Through writing, I was able to reveal myself with a certain distance. “

Simon Boulerice and Isabelle Dupras: inspiring encounter between an author and a quiltmaker

Fragments of life

What do making quilts and writing novels have in common? First of all, Simon and Isabelle share the same need to tell a story.

They also have a similar creative process: “I create in fragments, explains the novelist, a bit like a quilt that brings together different pieces. I don’t have a big picture at the start. “

Same story for Isabelle Dupras who also insists on the fact that each part of her works has its own essence. “I have a heritage transmission mission,” she says. Because there is a bit of me – and others – in my quilts. “

Simon Boulerice and Isabelle Dupras: inspiring encounter between an author and a quiltmaker

What inspires these artists? Absolutely everything, according to Isabelle: “The windows of a building, the mosaic of a floor… I become obsessed with looking at patterns and colors. “ For Simon, the lives of others are an ocean of inspiration: “To write, I need to know more about people. I ask questions, especially of the elderly. ”

To know everything about the creative process of these two artists, and also to attend an incredible human encounter, discover the podcast from the Tout un bagage series produced by the Conseil des Métiers d’Arts du Québec.

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