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The Workshop

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.

Présentation Atelier Matéo Crémades

Présentation Atelier Matéo Crémades

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M a t é o  C r é m a d e s

Musician and parchment Sculptor 

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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.

 

    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 www.ensembleparchemins.com .

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.

Présentation
Maéo Crémades
Prix et récompenses

Prizes and Awards

2022