All About Linen
Be Linen, Benoit Millot, 2010
A wonderful and poetical documentary which tells the story of a multi-centenial protagonist: the culture of European linen. From seed to fabric, from northern European fields to Italian weaving mills, French director and graphic designer Benoit Millot followed the growth, transformations and travels of this noble textile fiber.
Produced from the fiber of the flax plant and mostly valued for its durability, breathability and ease of dyeing, linen is amongst the oldest fibers known to man. In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, it had been considered the cloth of royalty before slowly becoming the prominent fabric used in clothing until cotton rose as a cheaper alternative during the nineteenth century. By sponsoring such a movie, the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp just decided to strike back!
From agriculture to fashion culture, a series of interviews of main producers in Belgium, France and Italy, helps understand the uniqueness and particularities of the European transformation chain of the fiber.
Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.
Gianluca Malgeri is an Italian artist who lives and works in Berlin. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, then visuel arts at the Higher Institute of Architecture of Venice.
Made in Town interrupts the daily grind, taking a voyage south to the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, in pursuit of local savoir-faire and products, desiring (as always) to strengthen the bond between the public and producers. The exhibition Made in Town / Montagne Noire parks its suitcases first at the Castres Economic Fair.
In order to promote the know-how and the characteristics of La Rochère glass factory, located in Passavant-la-Rochère in the French department of Haute-Saône, Made in Town conducted a series of six video interviews of French and European designers, who have integrated the know-how of the glass factory into their creations. Each in their own way, they mastered glass.