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Inspired by the memory of her grandmother’s tapestries, Frederique Morrel has created a new world out of tapestry with a contemporary spin. She uses vintage fabrics – particularly tapestries – to create her one of a kind products. She, along with her husband, and sometimes with the help of the trusty Maggie and Goddard, the Jack Russels, have now exhibited around the world.

Image of The 'Frederique Morrel' Family

The ‘Frederique Morrel’ Family in full tapestry regalia!
(Image sourced from Frederique Morrel)

Image of the Frederique Morrel Jack Russels

…and, Maggie & Goddard, also in full tapestry regalia!
(Image sourced from Frederique Morrel)

Based out of Paris, the company is comprised of Frederique Morrel (who is a native Parisienne) and her husband, Aaron Levin (originally of Topeka, Kansas) who met at a conceptual art exhibition in Paris in the 1980′s.

The images of the Passe-Murrailes collection I am showing below may bear a strong resemblance to hunting trophies, but their creators insist that they are living creatures that are like friends of the family who have unexpectedly poked their heads through the wall to deliver their personal stories to us.

Made from polyurethane taxidermy molds, covered in the vintage needlework and finished with real antlers, each piece is unique and made by hand. Imagine having one of these poking their heads out over the breakfast table… I quite like their kitsche-yet-quirky nature!

Image of Frederique Morrel's Venus de Milo

‘Venus De Milo’ by Frederique Morrel
Mixed Media: foam, fur, horns, tapestries
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Image of Frederique Morrel's Ma Biche

‘Ma Biche’ by Frederique Morrel
Mixed Media: foam, fur, tapestries
(Image sourced from Frederique Morrel)

Image of Frederique Morrel's My Dear

‘My Dear’ by Frederique Morrel
Mixed Media: foam, fur, antlers, tapestries
(Image sourced from Frederique Morrel)

Image of Frederique Morrel's Vermeer Half & Half

‘Vermeer Half & Half’ by Frederique Morel
Mixed Media: foam, fur, tapestries
(Image sourced from Frederique Morrel)

The Frederique Morrel team are animal lovers. According to their website, “We occasionally speak to animals in their own language”. As I sometimes feel that I speak ‘Poodle’, this resonates with me!

Frederique Morrel’s work also includes life-size deer sculptures, a series of life-size human sculptures, not to mention poufs, cushions, footstools, lamps, trays and other accessories! Go and check out their fabulous website here.

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