Ariane Fourquier is a researcher, weaver and painter. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art.
Her study explores the convergent areas of knowledge between intelligent textiles and emotional intelligence to interpret the new concept of ‘emotionally intelligent textiles’. She uses the discipline of weaving as an agent to communicate her research and uncover new meanings behind this new notion; its applications, audience and contributions to the textile language and field. By pushing the boundaries of material innovation, her practice-led study questions the emotional and sensorial engagement of textile practitioners with making; bringing insights into “thinking-through-making”.
This study came from her engagement as a maker with mental ill-health, a landscape she has been investigating since 2017. Within this field she studied PTSD related to sexual violence against anyone who identifies as a women. She developed woven artefacts aiming to reconcile survivors with their ideas of self-worth and intimacy. The presented work, ‘Silence’, is a series of paintings exploring the (un)spoken reality of women’s lives post-trauma. Inspired by Anni Albers’ theories on weaving as a muted, tacit yet explicit discipline, the work attempts to narrate quiet intangible stories through bold and loud textured portraits. ‘Silence’ talks about trauma not as an end-point but as a painful yet hopeful emotional and physical journey.
Her extensive knowledge on touch and its role on trauma’s sequelae led her to connect with the Craft Council Innovation team. She was selected to take part in FUSION in 2020, an ongoing project addressing the issue of active ageing, where, alongside her research, she develops undergarments capable of emitting minute vibrations to reduce the anxiety levels of women going through menopause.