Thiberville: for 30 years, this association has been engaged in silk painting

Thiberville: for 30 years, this association has been engaged in silk painting
Thiberville: for 30 years, this association has been engaged in silk painting

By Lina Tran
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May 2, 24 at 3:00 p.m.

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“In September, the association will have existed for 30 years,” announces, not without surprise, Micheline Goumaux, the president of the Rainbow associationbringing together painting enthusiasts in Thiberville (Eure).

The story begins in her business, the pastry-confectionery that she runs with her husband: “a Parisian customer told me that when I retire, we will create a painting club. » This is what they did in 1994.

We started in his dining room for two years, then the town hall gave us space.

Micheline Goumaux, president of the Arc-en-ciel association

Having left more than 15 years ago, Micheline and the other members continued to keep the club alive, which today has a little less about ten members. The association – whose name refers to the color palette – has a small particularity, painting on silk. Explanations.

As delicate as watercolor

The heart of the association is silk painting. The canvas is no longer a painting but a square of silk (also white) where artists create designs or patterns. To do this, they use gutta: a kind of thick glue used to create the outlines of the shapes in their drawing. “This prevents the paint from leaking,” describes Clotilde Guéroult, the association’s treasurer.

Artists use special paint on silk, resembling watercolor. “With water, you can create gradients and nuances,” adds Clotilde. The fabrics are then cooked in an oven, a sort of large metal tube, then placed on an electric stove. And it’s ready!

Over time, amateur artists explored other media such as muslin, glass, ceramics and classic canvas. “When you get started, you don’t stop,” replies Clotilde, laughing.

Because the association has become a small group of friends who all come together Mondays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the prefabs located opposite the old girls’ school, next to the music school.

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“More like 5:30 p.m. because we always have a little coffee and a little cake,” confesses the treasurer with a smile. But they admit it, with these hours, “it’s more for retired people”, but everyone is welcome, even beginners.

The members of the association exhibit this artisanal work every year in Thiberville. This year, it will take place for the first time in the village hall, this Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. An event not to be missed.

The exhibition will take place at the Thiberville village hall, rue de Lisieux. More information on the Arc-en-ciel association: 02 32 44 18 05, 06 08 40 58 25 or directly during workshop hours (rue de Cormeilles).

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