My name is Celine Michel. My work consists partly of paintings I made with oil paint, but mostly weavings of portraits of African people. This theme is an expression of the feeling I developed for Africa, where I used to live as a child and later returned to visit Burkina Faso. Apart from the traditional costumes I think especially the cheerful life expression and culture of Africa are something that requires attention. This is what I am mainly committed to!

My passion (for 8 years now) for weaving comes from a woven rug in Peru, the country where my parents used to volunteer. I was 5 years old when I fantasized about how that rug must have been made. The labor that these Peruvian women practice daily to bring bread to the table stimulates me to see weaving as a dedication, despite the small setbacks I may encounter, and I also feel honored to see this as my job.

Just to be clear, my weavings originate in the paintings that I make of a photo first, through which process I already make choices when it comes down to which colors I want to use and which color areas I draw down, which eventually results in the weavings.

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