During the Milan Design Week (Fuorisalone) 2022 Taftique presented three large hand-tufted tapestries in the historical venue of the beautiful Palazzo Turati. Jules Vissers – a Dutch artist living in Italy – translates the old tradition of adorning the walls with tapestries in modern artworks. Her tactile works are inspired by nature, classical art, architecture and the country where she has been happily living for decades.
Jules Vissers had been working with textiles for many years before applying to the Florence Fine Art Academy in 2019. In her new homeland Italy, artisan craftmanship is of paramount importance. She followed the Master programme in Art Textiles and learned the handicraft in the best workshops. In January 2020 she started her own atelier Taftique in the historical centre of Florence. Here she produces tapestries in a style between abstract and figurative.
Jules Vissers’ craftmanship is fully expressed by the technique she uses for her tapestries: tufting. With this manual technique Vissers makes specific scenes and patterns come to life. It also allows her to create relief, height differences and textures, making her tapestries exciting and caressable.
Taftique is the name of her studio, a self-thought term that combines tufting and its Italian translation, ‘taftatura’. The materials she uses – wool, silk and mixed yarns – come from Prato and from the North of Italy and they are of outstanding quality. In 2022 Jules Vissers’ studio Taftique has become ufficially part of the prestigious HOMO FABER guide, a guide that comprehends the best interpreters of the European artistic craftmanship.
Master in Art Textiles
Jules Vissers graduated cum laude for her Master’s studies at the Florence Fine Art Academy. During the training she collaborated with several specialist workshops, such as the Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio in Florence. Here she worked with the antique looms and learned how to make silk in a traditional way. Over time she has developed her own style.
Florence Biennale Award and other recognitions
In 2021 Vissers took part at the Florence Biennale. An International Jury assigned her the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award, 4th place in the category ‘textile art’. The winning work ‘Three Graces’ is inspired by the three women-goddesses from the famous Botticelli painting ‘La Primavera’. This painting is part of the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi in her current hometown. She regularly refers to classical art themes which she then translates into modern artworks.
In May 2022 Jules Vissers presented 3 artworks at the Tamara Art Exhibition in Venice, an international contemporary art exhibition organized by the Tamare de Lempicka Estate together with MB Studio. Here she won the second prize at the Tamara Art Award for her 3 tapestries. Furthermore, in August 2022 her tapestry ‘female body’ will be presented at the Chianciano Art Biennial after having been selected by an international jury.
Jules Vissers is open to collaboration with other parties, such as architects and stylists. Her work consists of single large tapestries but it also comprises smaller works and objects for table or wall.