We recently spent some time wandering through the fascinating Double Je exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Artists were paired with artisans to create a trail of clues and beautiful works that together created the story of a murder mystery.
We found the exhibition itself to be a bit of a stretch but some of the featured artisans created some truly extraordinary works. Here are our favourites from this eclectic list.
Capucine Herveau blurs the boundaries between broderie and art to create impossibly intricate pieces of embroidery that look perfectly placed with a delicate hand.
We particularly like how some of the pieces look as though they just grew into being, like a coral reef or a series of pearlescent oysters revealing their hidden treasures.
There's something about the naive simplicity and hand-made feel of Heloise Bariol's ceramic creations that evokes feelings of joy and amusement.
Perhaps they stir feelings of giving or receiving ceramics made by children, but there's something primal and beautiful in these haphazardly charming creations.
These painstakingly layered and sculpted feather creations by M. Marceau's Maison de Plumerie were the stand-out pieces at the exhibition by far.
Each feather is placed with such precision and artistry that these creations look refined, elegant, aerodynamic and completely natural in a way that beggars belief. Truly amazing work.
We have to admit that we never thought we'd be featuring knives of any sort apart from those used for eating dinner, but the masterful inlaid work and forging done by Jean Noël Buatois warrants a closer look.
These hand-crafted tools may be used to strip skin or cut flesh, but their beauty lies in their creation rather than their use. In person, these steel instruments are truly beautiful while being infinitely functional.
Lace may conjure images of frilly doilies set under ghastly lamps at a grandparent's home but Sophie Hallette is redefining and rejuvenating this old artform with seasonal creations that draw the eye ever closer.
Layering and rich colour palettes as well as the integration of embroidery and non-traditional materials take these beautiful lace creations from grandma-chic to full frou frou fantasy. Now just to find a way to use them...