Originally from Drummondville, Quebec, Mylène Boisvert lives and works in Montreal. She completed her visual arts training at Concordia University and textile design training at Centre design & impression textile. She has several years of experience as a textile designer in the knitting industry (2001- 2006) and as a teacher at Centre design & impression textile and Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal. Her works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Quebec, Canada and abroad. Some of her pieces are part of private and public collections.
Artist Statement: With an educational background in visual arts and textile design, I am interested in the common bonds between painting, sculpture and textile design. Flax fiber, especially in paper form, plays a prominent role in my work and is pivotal for exploring these artistic techniques. In my work, flax fiber in the form of fabric is turned into paper and then transformed into thread. I use this thread to construct large works. To create the work, I draw with linen paper thread in the same way I would draw with a pencil. Some of the works also incorporate papers made from abaca, cotton or Japanese mulberry. Taking my inspiration from the rich history of textile, I create textile constructions based on a personalized language and gestural expression. Keenly appreciative of the craftsmanship of paper making, I manipulate each sheet with techniques associated with textile design and painting, such as the use of pigments and natural coating