Rediscovering ancient crafsmanship : Parchment Sculpting
Matéo Crémades’ workshop is specialised in the reproduction of Parchment Rosettes, copies made from those found on instruments from a bygone era such as the Lute,
baroque Guitar, Cittern or Harpsichord
The workshop offers a number of authentic period design rosettes made from parchment, sculpted and assembled by hand. Specially designed for stringed instrument makers, musicians, music lovers and people with an appreciative eye.
At the same time, Matéo Crémades utilises the same materials and techniques in the creation of pictoral designs and in the confection of jewellery crafted from parchment and rare woods inspired by his work on rosettes and baroque ornementation.
M a t é o C r é m a d e s
Musician and parchment Sculptor
I taught myself guitar at the age of 15. And some years ago, in line with my studies (Master in Musicology) I discovered baroque guitar with which I instantly fell in love.
I studied under Pascale Boquet (Plays lute with the Doulce Mémoire ensemble and is president of the Societé Française de Luth) and Michel Gendre. During this period I studied Lyric Singing at the Conservatoire de Tours.
In 2014 I initiated the Ensemble Parchemins, a baroque formation performing a repertoire from the early 17th century for guitar and vocal.
The project took off ! We’re very pleased with our first album, ‘’De la Rue à la cour des Rois.’’ which can be found on our site .
Round about this time I began to build my first baroque guitar based on a model by Stradivarius.
When I found myself obliged to create the parchment rosette on this first instrument, I didn’t hesitate and found that I had a great affinity for this material ! From that moment on I began to think to myself : ‘’This could become my life’s work ‘’ !
Finally in 2017 and after several years of research, experiments and the practice of parchment sculpting I created the Atelier Matéo Crémades through which I perfected the art of reproducing parchment rosettes, copied from historic models which I am now able to offer to stringed instrument makers and musicians.
My time is presently shared between performing with my ensemble and creating parchment rosettes.
Music and parchment designs are,
from my point of view, intimately linked.
I would probably never have realised my first rosettes
if I hadn’t primarily been a musician.
Prizes and Awards
Highest National Award - Concours des Ateliers d'Art de France - Heritage Category
Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel - Carrousel du Louvre - Paris
Highest County Award - Prix Touraine Métiers d'Art - Salon Art au quotidien - Tours (37)
Award of Super Tremplin Garance - Salon Les Artisanales de Chartres (28)
Prize Coup de coeur du public - Salon des Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art de Montbazon (37)
Prize Coup de coeur du jury - Salon des métiers d'arts d'Orléans (45)
1st Prix du public - 27ème salon de l'Artisanat et des Métiers d'Art de Ballan-Miré (37)